Published: Sat, March 03, 2018
Culture | By Wayne Carr

Weinstein's casting couch statue unveiled ahead of Oscars

Weinstein's casting couch statue unveiled ahead of Oscars

A bathrobe-swaddled Weinstein figure, sitting arms spread on a golden chaise lounge has been set on the sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard that is now a big hit among tourists. However, this wouldn't be the first time Weinstein was turned into a sculpture. It shows Weinstein seated regally atop a couch with an Oscar in hand.

"Whilst many thought the "casting couch" was a thing of the past it was clearly still a part of the Hollywood culture", Plastic Jesus said in a statement on his Facebook page.

Visitors have been posing with the Weinstein statue, which is significant given how the producer has been shunned from the Hollywood community since reports of sexual harassment and abuse emerged past year.

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"With the Oscars on Sunday, you know there's going to be people arriving at the awards ceremony that may have covered up Harvey's deeds". The phrase "casting couch" generally refers to requests for sexual favors in return for roles and career advancement in Hollywood.

The Oscars are held on Monday (NZ time).

The artist - whose real name is unknown - said it took two months to make the statue, and it was paid for by donations.

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"There's so much about Hollywood that's great and celebrated in the Oscars, but there's also this underbelly of darkness within the industry that we often sweep under the carpet or ignore", Plastic Jesus, formerly a London-based photographer told news agency AP.

It will be on display this weekend, weather permitting.

Weinstein has been accused by dozens of women of sexual harassment or sexual assault, including rape.

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Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex that have been made against him.

Plastic Jesus has created a series of Oscar-timed statues, including one previous year of Kanye West in a crucified pose and titled "False Idol".

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