Scandal-hit Harvey Weinstein went up in flames as thousands of Bonfire Night revellers trudged through the streets with torches ready to set alight effigies of Theresa May and Kim Jong-Un.
The 36ft wooden Weinstein was built by the Edenbridge Bonfire Society in Kent after organisers chose him as this year’s celebrity villain to be set alight.
The effigy showed the sex scandal producer, 65, in an open-fronted robe clutching an Oscar, with his crotch covered by a star and a movie clapperboard.
Revellers in fancy dress took to the streets in Lewes, East Sussex carrying torches for its annual Bonfire Night celebrations
The annual parade in East Sussex is organised by the Lewes Borough Bonfire Society. This year’s event saw revellers dressed as animals and Day of The Dead sugar skulls as they trudged through the streets carrying torches
This year’s event, organised by Lewes Borough Bonfire Society, has been shrowded in controversy after it was criticised for participants’ ‘incredibly offensive’ Zulu costumes. Members agreed to change their outfits (pictured right)
A 36ft effigy of scandal-hit Harvey Weinstein was set on fire as part of Bonfire Night celebrations in Edenbridge, Kent
Hundreds gathered to see a 36ft wooden version of the Hollywood producer set alight with fireworks in Edenbridge, Kent
While Weinstein was this year’s effigy of choice previous events have featured a giant Donald Trump and cyclist Lance Armstrong. Crowds watched in awe as the giant effigy of the Hollywood producer went up in flames
Organisers choose a Guy Fawkes-style dummy to set fire to each year, selecting an ‘evil’ figure from the news to be the centre of attention.
Previous effigies have included Donald Trump, former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and shamed cyclist Lance Armstrong.
Weinstein was picked by the society to be this year’s public figurine at the event after he became embroiled in a string of allegations of sexual assaults against female employees and movie stars.
A giant Theresa May dressed in traditional Roman dress was paraded through the streets in Lewes, East Sussex tonight
A naked effigy of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is pictured surrounded by people dressed up as nuclear waste disposal workers in Lewes, East Sussex
A ‘Kim Kong’ effigy is paraded through the streets of Lewes, East Sussex as crowds watch on for Bonfire Night celebrations
A spokesman for the bonfire society said: ‘As with last year there were many strong contenders for this year’s celebrity guy, particularly in the political and cultural world.
‘However, Weinstein was the obvious option due to allegations of outrageous and despicable conduct, which we at Edenbridge Bonfire Society obviously found completely abhorrent.
‘While the burning of the guys is aimed as a light-hearted way to mark the traditional bonfire night celebrations in the UK, there is of course nothing funny about Weinstein’s behaviour, so it seemed only fair that he gets his comeuppance in effigy form.’
In Lewes, East Sussex the annual Bonfire Night parade saw thousands take to the streets with torches as they trudged through the town preparing to set their political villains alight.
A giant effigy of Prime Minister Theresa May and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un towered over the crowd as torches lit up the sky.
This year’s event, organised by Lewes Borough Bonfire Society, has been shrouded in controversy after it was criticised for participants’ ‘incredibly offensive’ Zulu costumes.
Members of the group usually wear black face paint and extravagant accessories but a leader of a Zulu dance troupe booked to perform at the event slammed them for it.
They agreed to change the costumes.
Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes Night marks the failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605.
Members of the Lewes Borough Bonfire Society dressed in prison costumes and carrying cross-shaped torches took to the streets of the East Sussex town for their annual Bonfire Night event
Revellers young and old came together, lighting up Lewes with flaming torches to mark Guy Fawkes Night
Members of the Lewes Borough Bonfire Society dress up in historic dress as they carry torches through the town