Vandal takes pickax to Trump's star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Man who destroyed Trump's Walk Of Fame star bailed out by previous vandal

Man who destroyed Trump's Hollywood star bailed out by man who had also previously destroyed it

On Wednesday morning, someone destroyed President Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, marking at least the fourth time the star has been vandalized since Trump received it in 2007.

The man walked up to Trump's star off Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue about 3:30 AM Wednesday and proceeded to destroy the majority of it with a pickax, including smashing through Trump's name plate, police said.

This is the second time Trump's star has been vandalized in less than two years. KNBC reporter Jonathan Gonzalez tweeted that it's believed the vandal called the police himself and left before they arrived, though LAPD could not confirm that to Newsweek.

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The Hollywood Historic Trust will fix the star.

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The man is now facing the charge of felony vandalism, which carries a sentence of three years in jail and a $10,000 fine.

In 2016, an artist built a 6-inch "wall" around the symbol, with razor-wire and "Keep Out" signs.

In an image tweeted out by NBC's Jonathan Gonzalez, you can clearly see the pickaxe lying on the ground beside the vandalised star which is literally unrecognisable. Despite protesters' actions, a star has never been removed from the Walk of Fame.

"The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an institution celebrating the positive contributions of the inductees", said Leron Gubler, president and chief executive of the Chamber of Commerce.

Leong said he will likely be booked on suspicion of felony vandalism.

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