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July 26, 2018

Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame smashed into pieces

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Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been smashed to pieces by a man with a pickax, which he concealed inside a guitar case.

The current President of the United States received the star in 2007 thanks to his role on NBC's show The Apprentice, but it has become a target for protesters ever since he took Barack Obama's place.

According to NBC Los Angeles, the proper authorities have refused to reveal the suspects' identity, who reported the crime before leaving the pile of rubble behind.

The incident took place at around 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday on Hollywood Boulevard near Highland Avenue, a place where tourists mingle with street performers dressed as superheroes and other famous characters

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David Palmer, one of the witnesses, revealed that he was very surprised when he saw the man pull the pickax out of the guitar case and start bashing the star.

Palmer claimed to have seen plenty of unusual occurrences on Hollywood Boulevard in the past but that he didn't expect to see such an act of violence right in front of his eyes.

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While workers have been seen sweeping up the shattered pieces of Trump's star, the man turned himself in to the Beverly Hills police, where he remains in custody.

This wasn't the first time that the President's Walk of Fame star has been vandalized, though. Back in 2016, a man named James Otis disguised himself as a construction worker and destroyed the mark with a pickax and a sledgehammer.

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Later, in February 2017, he pleaded no contest to felony vandalism and was sentenced to three years probation, as well as 20 days of community service. He also agreed to pay $4,400 for the damage done.

Aside from those destruction acts, the star was also spray-painted in 2016 and surrounded by a 6-inch wall, a miniature representation designed and created by Plastic Jesus, an anonymous street artist of British descent.

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