Effigy of Harvey Weinstein burns at annual UK bonfire event

EDENBRIDGE, KENT, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (NOVEMBER 5, 2017) (REUTERS) – An effigy of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was burnt at an annual event on Saturday (November 5) organised by a bonfire society in Britain’s south-eastern town of Edenbridge.

Thousands of people, some in fancy dress, attended the event, that started with a procession and ended with the burning of the effigy.

The society burns a ‘Guy’ – named after gunpowder plotter Guy Fawkes – every year. A second effigy of a celebrity who is currently making headlines is burnt alongside the Guy.

Previous effigies burned include U.S. President Donald Trump, former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and former European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso.

Bonfire night is celebrated across the UK every year to commemorate 1605’s Gunpowder Plot, in which a group of Catholics, including Guy Fawkes, plotted to blow up the country’s protestant King James I.

A torchlight procession made it’s way thorough the streets of Edenbridge before the burning, while the night was capped off with a fireworks display.

More than 50 women have made sexual harassment or assault claims against 65 year-old Harvey Weinstein.

The Hollywood producer has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone but has been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and fired from his independent studio The Weinstein Co.

Reuters was unable to independently confirm any of the claims.