Donald Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star has had a rough year.
The star, much like the man behind the piece of sidewalk, has been repeatedly defaced, the last of which happened early this morning.
Deadline has exclusive video of a man dressed as a construction worker viciously demolishing the terrazzo and brass star with a sledgehammer on Hollywood Boulevard at approximately 5:45 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Following the destruction, a Trump sticker was placed on the star.
The LAPD tweeted when the investigation was underway:
And a day later, Commanding Officer- LAPD Hollywood Division Cory Palka tweeted the suspect has been arrested.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has released a statement concerning the vandalism.
“The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an institution celebrating the positive contributions of the inductees,” said Leron Gubler, President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. “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.”
Gubler also said the Chamber is working with the police and intend “to prosecute to the full extent of the law.” The star will be repaired immediately, but requires several days of seasoning before it is polished.
The Trump campaign has yet to comment on the vandalism.
Back in January, a reverse swastika was spray-painted on the star and then in July an LA-based street artist referenced Trump’s vow to build a wall between the United States and Mexico, by building a miniature wall around the Hollywood attraction.