Gold Weinstein statue erected in Hollywood

Adrien Brody forces himself on Halle Berry during the 2003 Oscars

A golden statue of a bathrobe-clad Harvey Weinstein seated on a couch is on display at a busy Los Angeles intersection near where the Academy Awards will be held Sunday. 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 ignore or worse.

The statue, called "Casting Couch", is located near the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and is collaboration between street artists Plastic Jesus, popularly known for his yearly Oscar season installations that take aim at the dark side of show business, and Joshua "Ginger" Monroe, the artist behind the well-known naked Donald Trump statues.

The statue appeared a few blocks away from the Dolby Theatre yesterday (March 1), where the Oscars is due to take place on Sunday (March 4).

Weinstein has kept a low profile since October, when the floodgates burst, thanks to exposés in the New York Times and New Yorker, and more than 100 women came forward to accuse him of sexual assault, rape and harassment. It's clearly been going on. "There may be people there that are victims of Harvey that still haven't spoken out".

One thing's for sure: the Oscars are very much worth the watch this year. "Hopefully now in the light of recent allegations, against many leading figures in Hollywood the industry will clean up it's act". The project, made of fiberglass and acrylic resin, was in the works for two months. Visitors to the sculpture were sitting next to the faux Weinstein and taking selfies, turning it into an interactive installment. He has denied allegations of non-consensual sexual contact.

Plastic Jesus - the artist who presented the Oscar-snorting statue and Kanye-West-As-Jesus creation - has unveiled his newest piece, which is appropriately revolving for a number of reasons.

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