On Wednesday, Jamie Otis of Los Angeles destroyed Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a sledgehammer. Otis claimed that he didn’t immediately intend to destroy the star, and that he wanted to steal it so that he could auction it off and give the proceeds to the women who are accusing Donald Trump of sexual misconduct. The authorities received a phone call reporting the vandalism at about 6 a.m. The defaced star was then secured, and a tent was placed over it.
Mr. Patten, 47, said he had been walking on Hollywood Boulevard when he saw Otis wielding the hammer. “Suddenly [Otis] picked up the sledgehammer and started smashing the bejeezus out of the Trump star. Then he took the pickax and was trying to pry one of the points of the star,” Patten said, adding later that “shrapnel was flying everywhere.”
The destruction lasted about five minutes, at which point the police sirens sounded and Otis “made a quick retreat.”
The retreat didn’t help him. Otis had been planning to hold a news conference and then turn himself over to the police. The Los Angeles Police Department didn’t care much for what Otis planned to do, and so they located and arrested him early this Thursday. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce (HCC), who are financially responsible for the star (courtesy of the taxpayers), said it “intends to prosecute [Otis] to the fullest extent of the law.”
“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,” HCC president Leron Gubler said. “Our democracy is based on respect for the law. People can make a difference by voting and not destroying public property.”
This wasn’t the first attempt to destroy or otherwise vandalize, steal, or remove Trump’s star, which was awarded to him in 2007. People have smeared it with purple paint, written insults on it, and given it the middle finger—for whatever reason.