Artists put Harvey Weinstein in a bathrobe and on a casting couch

Casting Couch, a statue of Harvey Weinstein on a couch and holding an Oscar, is the work of artists Plastic Jesus (in photo) and Joshua "Ginger" Monroe.
Casting Couch, a statue of Harvey Weinstein on a couch and holding an Oscar, is the work of artists Plastic Jesus (in photo) and Joshua "Ginger" Monroe.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LOS ANGELES • Harvey Weinstein has been spotted wearing a bathrobe in Hollywood.

To be exact, the life-size figure is actually a statue of the disgraced producer sitting on a gold-coloured couch and holding an Oscar.

Called Casting Couch, the statue was unveiled on Thursday by Los Angeles-based street artist Plastic Jesus. It was installed near the venue where the Academy Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday (Monday morning, Singapore time).

More than 70 women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, including rape.

"While many thought the 'casting couch' was a thing of the past, it was clearly still a part of the Hollywood culture," Plastic Jesus said on his Facebook page. "Hopefully, now in the light of recent allegations against many leading figures in Hollywood, the industry will clean up its act," he added.

The statue followed the appearance in Los Angeles on Wednesday of billboards designed by street artist Sabo that accused the entertainment industry of staying silent about sexual misconduct.

Plastic Jesus said the Weinstein statue - a collaboration with artist Joshua "Ginger" Monroe - took two months to produce.

It was paid for by donations through their websites.

Plastic Jesus and Monroe were also responsible for producing naked statues of Mr Donald Trump that appeared in various American cities in 2016, before he was elected United States President.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 03, 2018, with the headline 'Artists put Weinstein in a bathrobe and on a casting couch'. Print Edition | Subscribe