Los Angeles: US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s red star on the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame was smashed into pieces, media reports said.
The incident happened around 5.45 am on Wednesday.
According to cellphone videos shot by witness, a man wearing a bright-orange construction vest set up construction cones and barriers around Trump’ s star before smashing it into pieces with a sledgehammer and a pickaxe, Xinhua news agency reported.
“When people are unhappy with one of our honourees, we would hope that they would project their anger in more positive ways than to vandalize a California state landmark,” Leron Gubler, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, said in a statement.
The iconic gold inlaid red star would take several days to repair according to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
A man identified as Jamie Otis, claimed responsibility for the incident and said he wanted to auction the pieces of the star to raise money for the 11 women who are accusing Trump of sexual misconduct.
It is not the first time that Trump’ s star has been vandalised since he announced the presidential bid.
It was spray-painted with a swastika and a “mute” icon before, and a miniature border wall was also built in a separate incident.
Trump has not yet responded to the destruction of his iconic star, which was dedicated to him in 2007 for his contributions in reality TV show “The Apprentice”.