Los Angeles, March 3: Ahead of the 90th Academy Awards, a Harvey Weinstein statue entitled "Casting Couch" has debuted on Hollywood Boulevard. The golden statue shows the disgraced producer sitting on a coach wearing a slightly opened bathrobe with an Oscar in his right hand.
The placement of the figure is close to the Dolby Theatre, where the Academy Awards takes place. According to ABC News, Los Angeles street artistes Plastic Jesus and Joshua "Ginger" Monroe collaborated on the sculpture.
Monroe was also behind the 2016 statue of a nude Donald Trump that appeared in multiple cities across the US.
"There's so much about Hollywood that's great and celebrated in the Oscars, but there's also this underbelly of darkness within the industry that we often sweep under the carpet or ignore," said Jesus.
Weinstein has been accused by dozens of women of sexual harassment or sexual assault, including rape. He has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex, but apologised for "the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past."