Early on Wednesday, the star of US President Donald Trump on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was smashed into pieces by a man using a pickax. Ray Brown, a police officer from the Los Angeles Police disclosed details regarding the incident.
The officers of the Hollywood division responded to a call at around 3:33 in the morning (6:33 a.m. ET) to the tourist area.
A witness named Patricia Cox informed reporters that she saw a man “going to town” on the ground as if “it was his business just to be tearing up the ground.” She added: “I thought it was work going on over here.”
Later in the day, the police arrested Austin Clay, 24 years old, on allegations of felony vandalism. Brown said that Clay did not show any motive for the alleged vandalism, and the investigation will proceed. He is currently being held on a $20,000 bail.
Tourists are taking some pictures of the defaced star that is located in front of the Hollywood & Highland centre, one of the major tourist spots in Hollywood.
In a statement, the president and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Leron Gubler, said that the Walk of Fame is considered as “an institution celebrating the positive contributions of the inductees.”
She 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.”
She added: “Our democracy is based on respect for the law. People can make a difference by voting and not destroying public property.”
The star of Trump has repeatedly become the target of protests and vandalism ever since the turn of the reality TV star to politics. In April 2016, an impersonator of Superman on Hollywood Boulevard said that he had seen visitors perform obscene gestures next to the star, deface it using paint and even let a dog relieve itself on the said landmark.
Another street performer who was dressed like Superman named Francisco Javier stated: “People often stomp with anger on the star, others kick their heels over the star and some spit. The last time, someone put a sticker over the star.”
In July 2016, a street artist even constructed a tiny wall around the star of Donald Trump and on October 2016, Los Angeles police arrested a man who they accused of vandalising the star using a pickax and a sledgehammer.