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Gold Weinstein statue erected in Hollywood
June 19 2018, 02:21 | Perry Erickson
A Gold Statue Of Harvey Weinstein On A Casting Couch Popped Up In Hollywood
The disconcerting statue, titled "Casting Couch", presents a gilded Weinstein sitting atop a chaise lounge in a bathrobe, clutching an Oscar statuette suggestively. Weinstein has occasionally been responding to emerging claims from actresses via his spokesperson, including but not limited to Lupita N'yongo's claims that she was coerced into massaging him, Salma Hayek's revelations that he threatened to kill her after she spurned his advances and Uma Thurman's Times profile where she accused Weinstein of sexually attacking her.
The placement of the figure is close to the Dolby Theatre, where the Academy Awards takes place.
Harvey Weinstein won't be going to Sunday's Oscar ceremony, but the film producer's presence will still be felt all across Hollywood. "His power and influence was nearly without compare", he wrote.
The artists spent two months casting the statue from fiberglass and resin.
Listening to a well narrated book is an incredible experience.
Days before Hollywood's biggest night kicks off, Harvey Weinstein and his infamous casting couch have appeared on Hollywood Blvd, kind of.
"Casting Couch" Oscars 2018. For many years the exploitation of many hopefuls and established names in the industry was brushed under the carpet with their complaints of harassment and sexual abuse being ignored or worse.
A post shared by Plastic Jesus® (@plasticjesus) on Mar 1, 2018 at 10:52am PSTHarvey Weinstein became an icon in the entertainment industry.
According to the artists, the Weinstein sculpture took nearly two months to be crafted.
"On his Facebook page, Plastic Jesus has written: ".hopefully now in the light of recent allegations, against many leading figures in Hollywood the industry will clean up its act". It is the work of street artist Plastic Jesus and Joshua "Ginger" Monroe, the man behind the naked statues of Donald Trump erected around the country during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The Weinstein Company will now be run by a largely female board after an investor group, led by the businesswoman Maria Contreras-Sweet, paid $500m (£362m) for its assets.