Around 3:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, a 25-year old man was walking on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame when he stopped, opened up a guitar case and removed a pickaxe. What came next, was a shock to those standing nearby.
The man took to demolishing President Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, by striking the star to bits. Trump had received the red marble marker on the Walk of Fame in 2007 for his role as producer for his Miss Universe shows. He was also host of NBC’s “The Apprentice” at the time it was destroyed.
Officials from the Los Angeles Police Department said when they arrived at the scene around 3:30 a.m., the suspect had already left, but he did leave the pickaxe behind.
The LAPD now has a suspect in custody and is waiting to be processed.
As day broke, those visiting the Walk of Fame stopped to take photos of the smashed star and have a closer look at the damage. One man placed an exercise push-up bar on top of the crumbled remains.
Some visitors were seen picking up pieces of the damaged star to take home as a keepsake.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which manages the Hollywood Walk of Fame issued a statement saying they will work with police to “prosecute to the full extent of the law”,saying that’s something they would do”for any Walk of Fame start that has been vandalized.”
Leron Gubler, president and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce released the following statement:
“The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an institution celebrating the positive contributions of the inductees.” Gubler continued, “When people are unhappy with one of our honorees, we would hope that they would project their anger in more positive ways than to vandalize a California State landmark. Our democracy is based on respect for the law. People can make a difference by voting and not destroying public property.”
“The Hollywood Historic Trust will repair the star immediately but requires several days of seasoning before it is polished. During that time, it will be covered to protect it,” the statement continued.
Today’s incident was not the first time that Trump’s star has been defaced in some way. Just earlier this month, actor and comedian George Lopez pretended to be urinating on Trump’s star by pouring a bottle of water onto the president’s star.
In 2016, a man by the name of James Otis used a sledgehammer and a pickaxe to deface the star about a week before Trump was elected President of the United States. After pleading no contest to a felony charge of vandalism, no time was served by Otis. He was sentenced to three years probation and 20 days of community service, with fees ordered of $4,400 for the damage caused to the president’s star.
Then there was the time that a protester built a 15 cm-high concrete barrier around Trump’s star on the Walk of Fame, equipped with razor wire in response to Trump’s controversial comments regarding the building of a wall between the United States and Mexico.
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