Los Angeles: US President Donald Trump’s star on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles has been vandalised again, officials said. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) on Wednesday said Trump’s star on Walk of Fame was vandalised with pickaxe by a man who turned himself in to Beverly Hills police later, Xinhua news agency reported.
The suspect was taken into custody by police. The suspect removed the pickaxe from a guitar case and began swinging it at the star on Hollywood Boulevard, leaving chunks of concrete strewn across the sidewalk, the KFSN-TV reported. The star of Trump was “totally demolished, not just vandalised,” according to the Hollywood reporter. Trump’s star has been vandalised several times since the beginning of his presidential run and this is the second time the star was totally destroyed.
In October 2016, Los Angeles man James Otis, dressing as a construction worker, took a pickaxe to the star and destroyed it. Otis struck a plea deal with prosecutors in February 2017 that saw him avoid jail time in exchange for paying $4,400 to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the Hollywood Historic Trust. Trump was honoured with the star in 2007 for his work producing the Miss Universe pageant and for his hit NBC reality television show The Apprentice.