Bathrobe-clad golden Harvey Weinstein statue pops up in Los Angeles

JAN. 6 2016 FILE

Located at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea Avenue, the sculpture features the disgraced producer-clothed only in a bathrobe and slippers-reclining on a chaise lounge with an Oscar statuette in hand.

"Whilst many thought the "casting couch" was a thing of the past it was clearly still a part of the Hollywood culture", the artist wrote.

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. It was created by Los Angeles street artist Plastic Jesus and features Weinstein sitting on the couch in a satin dressing gown, pyjama pants, and slippers, clutching an Oscar. The Harvey Weinstein statue arrives with with news that The Weinstein Company, which earlier in the week faced bankruptcy, has been bought by a majority-female investment group that also includes the billionaire Ron Burkle.

"I think the whole character of Harvey and the abuse and sexual abuse that went around him, I think that needs to change".

The “Casting Couch” art installation was created by street artist Plastic Jesus

The phrase "casting couch" used to describe the demand of sexual favors for work, may seem a relic of a bygone era but is "still alive and well", he said. "Hopefully now in the light of recent allegations against many leading figures in Hollywood the industry will clean up it's (sic) act". Visitors to the sculpture were sitting next to the faux Weinstein and taking selfies, turning it into an interactive installment.

Harvey Weinstein has been accused of sexual assault, harassment and rape by dozens of women. He has denied allegations of non-consensual sexual contact.

The artist - whose real name is unknown - said it took two months to make the statue, and it was paid for by donations.

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