Looks like Harvey Weinstein will be in town for the Oscars after all just maybe not like you’d expect.
The disgraced movie mogul appeared in Los Angeles this week in statue form, splayed out on a golden “casting couch” clad in a bathrobe and clutching an Oscar statuette near his crotch.
The statue, which appears to invite onlookers onto the couch for a photo op, popped up on Hollywood and La Brea, near the Academy Awards venue, the Dolby Theatre.
The piece is part of an art installation by L.A.-based street artist Plastic Jesus, who wrote on Instagram that the statue took two months to create with Joshua “Ginger” Monroe.
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“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. “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 (sic) or worse. Hopefully now in the light of recent allegations against many leading figures in Hollywood the industry will clean up it’s (sic) act.”
Weinstein has kept a low profile since October, when the floodgates burst, thanks to exposs in the New York Times and New Yorker, and more than 100 women came forward to accuse him of sexual assault, rape and harassment.
Plastic Jesus, meanwhile, is known for creating buzz worthy pieces that feature some of Hollywood’s most talked about figures, like a statue depicting the crucifixion of Kanye West, and a larger-than-life installation that featured the Oscar statue snorting lines of cocaine.
In 2016, on the day Donald Trump clinched the Republican nomination, the artist built a tiny replica of Trump’s proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall around his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.