Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star vandalized
President Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was vandalized early Wednesday morning, according to the Los Angeles Police Department — marking at least the second time the star has been physically destroyed.
Police say a suspect destroyed Trump’s Hollywood star with a pickax at about 3:30 a.m. The suspect is currently being held at the Hollywood LAPD station where he is being processed and booked. The identity of the person is unknown.
Trump received the star in January 2007 for NBC’s “The Apprentice.”
Though LAPD officials told POLITICO they do not know how the suspect was apprehended, NBC Los Angeles reported that the suspect reported the crime to police and later turned himself in to Beverly Hills police.
Trump’s star has been vandalized before. James Otis, who dressed as a construction worker, in October 2016 smashed the star with a pickax and a sledgehammer, according to NBC Los Angeles. In February 2017, Otis pleaded no contest to a felony vandalism charge. He was fined $4,400 for the damage and sentenced to three years probation and 20 days of community service.
Trump’s star has experienced minor vandalism before, such as being spray painted and having a tiny wall built around it.