President Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was destroyed early Wednesday morning by a man with a pickax, the police said.
Around 3:30 a.m., officers received a call about the vandalism, and soon after found the pink terrazzo star, which Mr. Trump received in January 2007 for his NBC show “The Apprentice,” broken into pieces, said Officer Ray Brown, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department.
Workers were sweeping up the remains of the star early Wednesday.
The suspect had pulled a pickax out of a guitar case, smashed the star, and then walked away, leaving the tool at the scene, according to NBC. There have been conflicting reports on whether or not the suspect turned himself in, but Mr. Brown confirmed that the suspect was being held in custody at the Hollywood Station.
Mr. Brown would not disclose the suspect’s identity.
The star is in the 6800 block of Hollywood Boulevard, near Highland Avenue in Los Angeles.
To get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, people must apply to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, and demonstrate success or talent in the entertainment world. If chosen, they pay $30,000, part of which goes to the Hollywood Historic Trust, and part of which covers the installation of the star.
An estimate of the cost of the repairs was not immediately available. The Chamber of Commerce, which administers the Walk of Fame, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
This is the not the first time the star has been vandalized. A man attempted to remove the star by smashing it with a pickax and sledgehammer in October 2016, and pleaded no contest to felony vandalism in February 2017. He agreed to pay $4,400 for the damage, and was sentenced to three years probation and 20 days of community service.
In 2016, an artist built a six-inch “wall” around the symbol, with razor-wire and “Keep Out” signs. Other times, people have smeared ketchup on the star, painted it purple, or have decorated it with a Bernie Sanders bumper sticker.
Mr. Trump’s star is not the only one that has been vandalized as of late. Bill Cosby’s star has also been damaged. In December 2014, someone wrote “rapist” three times on the star in marker.
The chamber rejected the request, saying that the Walk is historically preserved. Despite protesters’ actions, a star has never been removed from the Hollywood Walk of Fame.