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Someone just destroyed Trump’s Walk of Fame star with a sledgehammer

Dominic Preston October 26, 2016
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Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has attracted plenty of vandalism since he began his presidential run, but nothing like this before.

With just two weeks to go until election day, someone has taken a sledgehammer to the star, leaving it in crumbling pieces.

(Photo Dominic Patten/Deadline)
(Photo Dominic Patten/Deadline)

A Hollywood resident named Jamie Otis has claimed responsibility for the vandalism, explaining that he initially wanted to remove the star entirely and auction it off to raise funds for the women who say Trump sexually assaulted them.

He arrived at the star early this morning in a construction worker’s uniform, armed with a sledgehammer and pickaxe, and left the star smashed into pieces.

It’s not the first time the spot has been vandalised during the election campaign – that honour belongs to the person who sprayed a swastika on it in April.

Later in the year a street artist built a mini-wall around the star, a reference to the Republican candidate’s proposal to build a wall across the US/Mexico border.

Trump first received the star in 2007 to honour his work on The Apprentice, and Larry King and Jay Leno both spoke at the event.

There have been repeated calls for the star to be removed, but organisers insist that it’s there for good.

“The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a registered historic landmark,” the group’s president said.

“Once a star has been added to the Walk, it is considered a part of the historic fabric of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Because of this, we have never removed a star from the Walk.”

Related topics: Donald Trump, Hollywood, US, US Election 2016, walk of fame

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