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‘Casting Couch’ statue debuts in Hollywood

The sculpture of Harvey Weinstein aims to highlight sexual misconduct in the film industry.

The sculpture of Harvey Weinstein aims to highlight sexual misconduct in the film industry.   | Photo Credit: AFP

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Weinstein sculpture set up on street

A golden statue of a bathrobe-clad Harvey Weinstein, seated on a couch with an Oscar in hand, took up temporary sidewalk residence close to the site of Sunday’s Academy Awards.

“Casting Couch” is a collaborative work between a Los Angeles street artist known as Plastic Jesus and Joshua “Ginger” Monroe, designer of 2016’s nude Donald Trump statues placed in major U.S. cities.

The life-sized Weinstein sculpture, displayed Thursday on Hollywood Boulevard, aims to spotlight the entertainment industry’s sexual misconduct crisis and the disgraced studio mogul’s role in it, Plastic Jesus said.

“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,” said Plastic Jesus, formerly a London-based photographer.

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