Donald Trump Walk Of Fame Star Destroyed By Hammer
Donald Trump’s Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star was destroyed by a hammer on Wednesday morning. See photo and video below.
The alleged crime was witnessed by a reporter for Deadline, which says a man dressed as a city construction worker approached Trump’s slate with a sledgehammer and pickaxe around 5:45 a.m. local time. The culprit, who identified himself as Jamie Otis, proceeded to use the tools to vandalize the star. By the time he was done, Trump’s name was no longer visible, the brass center had been removed, and pieces of broken terrazzo lay nearby.
According to Deadline, Otis claims he originally intended to remove the star and auction it off, with the proceeds benefitting the women who have accused Trump of sexual abuse. There was apparently no police presence on Hollywood Blvd. when the vandalism took place. But since Otis has admitted to the act, it’s possible cops could track him down.
The Hollywood Walk Of Fame currently honors more than 2,500 celebrities. Trump was awarded his in 2007 for his work on “The Apprentice.” And, since he started his run for president last year, his star has been targeted several times.
As Gossip Cop reported, Trump’s star was first vandalized with a large X drawn across it in September 2015. Then this past January, a photo surfaced showing Trump’s star with a swastika spray-painted on it. More recently, in July, an artist erected a tiny wall around the plaque, a dig at Trump’s desire to build a wall on the Mexican border.
Trump has not commented on this new act, which will obviously require the entire star to be replaced. See the photo below, courtesy of Deadline, as well as video.
UPDATE: As police investigate the situation as felony vandalism, Leron Gubler, president and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce, says in a statement, “The Hollywood Walk Of Fame is an institution celebrating the positive contributions of the inductees. 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.”
It’s also said that the Chamber is “working with the police in regards to this felony and intends to prosecute to the full extent of the law.” It’s noted “this is something the Chamber would do for any Walk Of Fame star that has been vandalized.” Meanwhile, Trump’s star “will be repaired immediately, but requires several days of seasoning before it is polished. During that time, it will be covered to protect it.”