A man vandalized President Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a pickaxe on Wednesday night.
— JASMINE VIEL (@jasmineviel) July 25, 2018
Witnesses to the incident said that the man carried the pickaxe inside a guitar case. He then demolished the star at around 3 AM on Hollywood Boulevard.
Patricia Cox, a witness, said she saw a man “going to town ” on the ground “like it was his business just to be tearing up the ground.”
“I thought it was work going on over here.”
The man left the pickaxe at the scene and left promptly. He later turned himself in to authorities.
Police then arrested 24-year-old Austin Clay on suspicion of felony vandalism. When interviewed, the suspect did not reveal a motive for destroying the star.
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He’s been held on a $20,000 bail. Tourists have been taking photos of the now defaced star in front of Hollywood & Highland center.
This is not the first time Trump’s star has been targeted for vandalism. In April 2016, a Superman impersonator on Hollywood Boulevard said that he has seen tourists make obscene gestures next to the star, deface it with paint, and allow their pets to relieve themselves on the landmark.
A street artist even made a wall around the star in July 2016.
Vandalism on the president’s star has been a frequent problem. In October of 2016, a man demolished the star with a sledgehammer and a pickaxe.
The president and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Leron Gruber, said in a statement: