It's too bad for Donald Trump that Secret Service protection doesn't extend to stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
A vandal took a hammer and pickax to the center of the reality TV personality-turned-presidential contender's star near the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard before dawn on Wednesday, Deadline.com reports. In the process, both Trump's name and the camera icon in the center of the star were damaged beyond recognition.
The man, who identified himself to Deadline as Jamie Otis, says he had planned to remove the star intact and auction it off in order to raise money for the dozen women who've accused the Apprentice personality of sexual assault.
"All of these liars will be sued after the election is over," Trump proclaimed during a late October campaign stop in Gettysburg, Pa.
Otis went about his work dressed in construction garb and surrounded by cones to fool passersby. He even chatted with the person filming it all on a cellphone. But he didn't say why he changed plans and merely defaced the star instead of removing it.
He was gone by the time a Los Angeles Police Department patrol car came through the area around 9:15 a.m. ET/6:15 PT. Just before 11 a.m. ET/8 PT, the LAPD announced via Twitter that it was sending a public affairs officer to the scene.
Trump received his star in January 2007 with wife Melania and sons Donald Jr. and Barron at his side.
It has been vandalized multiple times since Trump launched his bid for the presidency. In the past year, it's been spray-painted with a backward swastika and mute symbol. The most ambitious incident occurred in July when a street artist built a wall around it, complete with concertina wire and miniature flags.
The candidate has yet to respond to the latest act of vandalism on his social media accounts.
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