LOS ANGELES – The questionable logic of a man dressed as a construction worker has driven him to bring a sledgehammer and a pickax and shattered Donald Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame Star early Wednesday morning in an attempt to remove it but was unsuccessful.
Jamie Otis, the man who claims he smashed the embedded, five-pointed terrazzo and brass star, told Deadline that he originally intended to completely extract the star from the sidewalk in order to auction it off and raise funds for the women who have accused Trump of sexual assault. Trump and his team have constantly denied the allegations.
Otis arrived on Hollywood Boulevard around 5:45 a.m. There was almost no one around when he executed his attack on the star, thus attracting little attention. The area is usually well patrolled, but during that time police were not present, the Deadline report says.
“Investigators are looking at [a] felony vandalism [charge] because of the value which the Chamber of Commerce has placed [on the star] at $2,500…” an LAPD spokesperson told FoxNews. “As soon as investigators can positively identify the suspect, which they are very sure they can do… they will go ahead and make a decision whether they want to arrest that suspect or seek a warrant.”
Assuming Otis’ admission is authentic, this should be a quick investigation.
This is not the first time that Trump’s Walk of Fame star was vandalized. In late January, a swastika was spray painted on it.
Donald Trump's Hollywood star vandalized with swastika pic.twitter.com/lHbVWgISRt
— Joel Franco (@OfficialJoelF) January 31, 2016
In June, it was painted with a symbol representing a mute button.
— SpiritualNurse Sandy (@SpiritualNurse) June 29, 2016
In July, it was surrounded with a tiny wall topped with tiny razor wire that attacks the candidate’s plan of building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico if he’s elected.
All the Ways People Have Vandalized Donald Trump’s Walk of Fame Star https://t.co/oOrs4sTCh5
— IJR (@TheIJR) July 20, 2016
From the 2,500 Walk of Fame stars on the Hollywood Boulevard, Trump’s star was petitioned to be removed, but the Chamber of Commerce said it’s staying.
Leron Gubler, President and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said the organization “intends to prosecute to the full extent of the law.”
“The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an institution celebrating the positive contributions of the inductees,” Gubler stated. “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.”