Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was destroyed before dawn on Wednesday by a man dressed as a city construction worker wielding a sledgehammer and pick-axe.
Deadline obtained a video of the incident, which occurred at 5:45 a.m. at 6801 Hollywood Blvd. near the Dolby Theatre.
The man, who identified himself to Deadline as Jamie Otis, left before the Los Angeles police arrived on the scene at about 6:15 a.m.
A LAPD spokesman told The Hollywood Reporter that its officers are investigating the destructive act.
He claimed he had been trying to extract the star to auction it off and raise funds for the women who have come forward to accuse Trump of sexually assaulting them over the decades.
More than 2,500 stars along the boulevard are maintained by the Hollywood Historic Trust and chosen by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
Back in April, Trump’s star was vandalized with a swastika, according to FOX News. The incident sparked rumors that the star would be removed from the Walk of Fame, but the organization called those reports untrue.
When Trump received the GOP nomination, CNN reported that someone had erected a tiny wall around the star, a possible reference to Trump’s proposal to build a wall along the Mexican border.
The embedded terrazzo and brass star was dedicated in 2007 in recognition of Trump’s success as host of “The Apprentice.”
The video of the vandalism can be seen here.
By Ray Kelly