The figure appeared days before the Oscars are due to take place in Los Angeles
A statue of Harvey Weinstein on a “casting couch” has appeared on Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame.
The Hollywood mogul has made headlines in recent months following a series of rape and sexual assault allegations made by numerous women. Weinstein has “unequivocally denied” all claims, but is being investigated by police over the allegations.
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). It was created by Los Angeles street artist Plastic Jesus and features Weinstein sitting on the couch in a satin dressing gown, pyjama trousers, and slippers, clutching an Oscar.
The artist – whose real name is unknown – said it took two months to make the statue, and it was paid for by donations. Speaking to GQ, they said: “The idea for this piece was that I wanted people to be able to come and sit down on the sofa next to Harvey. Knowing what we now know about Harvey, in terms of his abuse of power, sexual harassment and rape, what does it feel like sitting next to him? This icon who turned out to be a monster.”
They added they were concerned about appearing to make light of the allegations against Weinstein, but felt it was something they wanted to comment on. “I feel that the fundamental idea of the story and the piece itself outweighs any kind of gratuitous bandwagon-jumping hopefully,” they said.
Another street artist also pulled a stunt in the area in the run-up to the awards ceremony, with Sabo covering three billboards with tarpaulins accusing the film industry of covering up child abuse. The act was inspired by the Oscar nominated film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
The Oscars 2018 will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel for a second year in a row. The Shape Of Water leads the pack this year with a total of 13 nominations. It will go up against the likes of Three Billboards, Get Out, Lady Bird, and Call Me By Your Name for Best Picture.