Harvey Weinstein 'Casting Couch' Statue Pops Up in Hollywood

Posted March 03, 2018

It was placed on Hollywood Boulevard on Thursday, four days before the Oscars.

The disgraced movie mogul is featured wearing a robe, pajama trousers and slippers as he is seated on a gold couch on a black and red podium that read "Casting Couch". Surprisingly, even before glamours divas set to make their protest count, two artists - Los Angeles street artist known as Plastic Jesus and Joshua "Ginger" Monroe - collaborated to put up the golden statue. "They have money and power to give jobs and they use that for their own sexual gratification and there's no better way to visualize this than the way we did with the casting couch". Here, Weinstein is picture arriving at a Cannes Film Festival event near Cannes, southeastern France, on May 23, 2017.

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Other than that time he was slapped in public (iconic), Harvey Weinstein, whose survivor count is at over 90 women, has been lying low at a "sex addiction" retreat in Arizona - a rehab facility that is also reportedly housing fellow abuser Kevin Spacey. "His power and influence was nearly without compare", the Instagram post adds. Plastic Jesus says it aims to spotlight the entertainment industry's sexual misconduct crisis and the disgraced studio mogul's role in it.

The phrase "casting couch", used to describe the demand of sexual favours for work, may seem a relic of a bygone era but is "still very much a part of the Hollywood culture", he added.

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It's uncertain how long the statue will remain in its current position. In November, Englanders a part of the Edenbridge Bonfire Society created a 36-foot tall Weinstein effigy.

Numerous allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment have surfaced against Weinstein, following the New York Times piece in October that detailed several accusations against him.

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