On Wednesday, before dawn, the US President Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was damaged. A man was later arrested for the same.
As reported by the Los Angeles Police Department, the suspect is a 24-year-old Austin Clay, who was held for investigation of felony vandalism.
According to the LA Police Department, Austin reported the crime to police and later turned himself in to Beverly Hills police.
Lt. Karen Leong of the LAPD’s Hollywood Division informed to the Los Angeles Times, the suspect called the police and said “See you soon”.
The incident was reported at around 3:30 AM, and a pickax at the scene was also found on Hollywood Boulevard near Highland Avenue.
Leron Gubler, president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, in a statement said, “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.”
Trump’s star recognizes him for his work in the NBC reality show “The Apprentice”. As the Hollywood Historic Trust will be repairing it, the star will be covered for several days.
Leron Gubler, President-CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce issued a statement later on Wednesday morning.
He said, “The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an institution celebrating the positive contributions of the inductees.”
“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,” he added.
Earlier, days before the election of November 2016, the star was vandalized with a sledgehammer and pickax by James Otis.
Otis pleaded no contest to the offence. He was sentenced to three years of probation, and was ordered to pay $4,400 for vandalism and attorney’s fees. In 2017, he was also asked to perform 20 days of community labour.