Gold Statue of Harvey Weinstein ‘Casting Couch’ Put Up in Hollywood Ahead of Oscars

A dog poses next to a golden statue of a bathrobe-clad Harvey Weinstein, seated atop a couch on the sidewalk along Hollywood Blvd., in Los Angeles, March 1, 2018.
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A golden statue of Harvey Weinstein, wearing a silk robe, holding an Oscar and sitting on a golden chaise couch, was erected in Hollywood Thursday — just days before the Academy Awards on Sunday.

The statue, called “Casting Couch,” is located near the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and it’s the product of a two-month collaboration between street artists Plastic Jesus and Joshua “Ginger” Monroe.

Plastic Jesus, who is an anonymous British street artist, explained on social media the impetus behind the statue.

“Harvey Weinstein became an icon in the entertainment industry. His power and influence was almost without compare,” he wrote. “However, whilst many thought the ‘casting couch’ was a thing of the past it was clearly still a part of the Hollywood culture.”

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SOURCE: ABC News, Joi-Marie McKenzie