Trump takes a hit: Man smashes Hollywood star of U.S. presidential candidate

Los Angeles police are investigating the vandalizing of Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Trump listens to speeches after he was honoured with the 2327th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in January 2007. (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

Det. Meghan Aguilar says investigators were called to the scene before dawn Wednesday following reports that the u.s. presidential candidate’s star was destroyed by blows from a pickaxe.

A man who identified himself as Jamie Otis says he’s responsible for the damage. Otis tells Deadline Hollywood that he originally intended to remove Trump’s star. He says he wanted to auction it off to raise funds for the 11 women accusing the presidential candidate of groping them. Trump has denied the groping allegations.

A video posted on Deadline’s website appears to show the star being damaged by a man dressed as a city construction worker. A sledgehammer is seen leaning against a sign near the man as he swings a pickaxe, striking the plaque.

Aguilar says she’s aware of the Deadline report but couldn’t comment on whether Otis is a suspect.

It’s not the first time Trump’s monument on the popular tourist boulevard has been the focus of political protest.

In July, a Los Angeles artist built a miniature border wall around the sidewalk plaque in a display of mockery. The 15-centimetre-tall structure was complete with barbed wire, “Keep out” signs, and American flags. 

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The Hollywood Walk of Fame star of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is surrounded by a miniature wall topped by barbed wire, placed there by Californian street artist Plastic Jesus in Hollywood on July 20. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s star was first dedicated in 2007 in recognition of his work on NBC’s reality TV show The Apprentice.

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