Trump's Walk of Fame Star Smashed with Pickax

By M. Russo — Published July 26, 2018

Trump's Walk of Fame Star Smashed with Pickax

President Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star was destroyed on Wednesday. A man later identified as 24-year-old Austin Clay approached the star off of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue at roughly 3:30 AM PDT and proceeded to destroy it with a pickax. Trump's nameplate was bashed through, and most of the star was reduced to rubble.

After wrecking the star, Clay called the police on himself, alerting officers that he had vandalized Donald Trump's star. According to Lt. Karen Leong of the LAPD's Hollywood Division, he then said, "See you soon." Nevertheless, by the time officers responded at the scene, he was gone.

An hour later, Clay presented himself at the Beverley Hills police headquarters to turn himself in. LAPD officers took him into custody, booking him on suspicion of felony vandalism. He is being held on $20,000 bail.

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This is not the first time that Trump's star has been defaced. In 2016, his star had been spray painted with a swastika and a mute icon. Another incident in 2016 saw street artist Plastic Jesus build a miniature wall around Trump's star. A man with a sledgehammer also damaged the star that year, shortly before the 2016 presidential election. People have also been known to spit and stomp on President Trump's Walk of Fame star.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce issued a statement saying that they intend to "prosecute to the full extent of the law" for the vandalism. Leron Gubler, the CEO, continued, "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."

Clay has not revealed a motive for the vandalism at this time. It will take several days to repair the star, during which time it will be covered and protected. The Hollywood Historic Trust plans to start repairs immediately.

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