Several billboards in California for Quentin Tarantino’s new film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood were recently vandalized.
The new posters cover the faces of stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt with those of Jeffrey Epstein and Roman Polanski, respectively, and the movie’s title now reads: Once Upon a Time in Pedowood.
Another ad on a city bench features the faces of Epstein and actor-director Woody Allen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the billboards were doctored by a street artist named Sabo.
He told the website that he defaced the ads to criticize the film industry for supporting men accused of sexually assaulting and raping minor girls.
Street artist Sabo defaced billboards in Los Angeles, California, for Quentin Tarantino’s new film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
This is the original ad for the movie, which is located on Pico Boulevard and La Cienega
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a crew put up the ads overnight to make sure they were ready before dawn on Friday.
‘I felt they should all share a billboard to highlight a decades-old problem that has plagued Hollywood for decades: the abuse of children,’ Sabo told the news site.
Epstein, 66, is currently is currently being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan after being charged with sex trafficking multiple underage girls in the 2000s.
In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, Epstein was found semi-conscious on the floor of his cell with neck wounds.
Some suggested that the billionaire, who financed several Hollywood movies, was attacked while others believe it was a suicide attempt.
Polanski was arrested and charged with drugging and raping 13-year-old Samantha Gailey in March 1977.
He replaced the faces of Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt with Jeffrey Epstein (left) and Roman Polanski (right) respectively. The movie was retitled Once Upon a Time in Pedowood
In one ad at a bench, Woody Allen’s face was used in place of Brad Pitt’s (pictured). All three men bhave been accused of sexually assaulting or raping minors
After pleading guilty to statutory rape, he fled the US to Paris, where he lives today, because he is protected from extradition as a French citizen.
Sabo also pointed out that the film takes place in 1969, the year that Polanski’s then-wife, actress Sharon Tate, was murdered by members of the Charles Manson family.
In the film, Margot Robbie plays Tate, who was eight-and-a-half months pregnant when she was killed.
Allen, who replaces Polanski in one ad on a bench, has been accused of sexually abused his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, when she was seven years old.
Unlike the other two men, he has never been charged.
The billboard with Epstein and Polanski’s faces is located on Pico Boulevard and La Cienega.
According to Variety, this is not the first time that Sabo has vandalized a movie billboard.
In 2017, he doctored an ad for the The Post, and put the words ‘She knew’ next to the face of Meryl Streep, insinuating she knew about the allegations of sexual assault against disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein.
You can follow Sabo on his website or on Instagram @unsavoryagents.