(UPDATE with new photos) The group that administers the Hollywood Walk of Fame said today that the vandal that destroyed Donald Trump’s star this morning will be prosecuted “to the full extent of the law.”
The star itself at 6801 Hollywood Blvd is be fixed and replaced right now as the photos above and below show.
“The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an institution celebrating the positive contributions of the inductees,” said Leron Gubler head of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, about four hours after a man identifying himself as Jaime Otis smashed the ex-Apprentice host’s star with a pixax and sledgehammer “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.”
LAPD are still looking for a suspect but tell Deadline that once their investigation is completed the person responsible will be charged with a felony vandalism charge. In California, being found guilty on such a charge can result in up to 3-years in jail and a fine of $10,000 or more if the damage is over $400. A source will knowledge of the situation tells Deadline that the damage to Trump’s nearly decade old star was more than $2,500.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said today that though a repair crew has started work on repairing the star it still could take several days to complete the job. During that time Trump’s smashed star will be covered.
Deadline’s Ross Lincoln contributed to this report