Suspect in custody over Trump's Hollywood star vandalism — LAPD

Someone Destroyed Donald Trump's Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Suspect in custody over Trump's Hollywood star vandalism — LAPD

James Otis speaks to the media with his attorney Mieke ter Poorten about his arrest outside of the LAPD Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles, October 27, 2016. In the summer, the star got also targeted.

At least not until you watch the incredible video of Otis smashing the star at this Deadline link, which adds some interesting layers to the whole thing.

Otis managed to remove the gold emblem from the middle of the star and damage the star itself and the area around it. But he found it was too durable, so he opted to destroy it instead.

The LAPD answered a call at 6 a.m. reporting the sidewalk defacement. When officers arrived at the location, the damage had been done and the vandal was gone. But Otis said he was unable to accomplish the feat. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the group that runs the Walk of Fame, vowed to press charges "to the full extent of the law". Chamber officials estimated the fix cost at around $2,500.

"I have lost count of the number of times, the number of young people I've met who are either studying or practicing medicine because they saw House", Laurie said at the ceremony in Los Angeles.

Cordoned off with traffic barriers and cones, workers are fixing the star. They have not responded to a petition asking for the star to be permanently removed.

American businessman Donald Trump, now the Republican candidate for president, has been accused of sexual assault or sexual harassment by fourteen women since the 1980s. Trump, however, denied the allegation. A 2005 recording in which he brags about kissing and groping women has not helped his case, though.

Trump, 70, earned his star in 2007 for his work on the show The Apprentice.

This is not the first time Trump's star has been vandalized since he announced he was running for president, but it has never been so severely??damaged until now.??

The stunt left Trump's name scratched out of the star, the emblem in the middle dislodged and chips missing.

He said he knows other people who protest stars - and he said he took photos of a miniature wall built around Trump's Hollywood star in July.

"The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an institution celebrating the positive contributions of the inductees", Gubler told the outlet. Surrounding the star with orange cones and LA Department of Transportation gates, Mr. Otis, wearing a hardhat, an orange vest, and safety glasses, took about two-dozen swings to take out his frustration and weariness over the GOP candidate. The police had set up a tent to cover the star.

Ana Martinez of the chamber said replacing the star is expected to cost "a few thousand dollars".

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