By Evonne Ermey,
On Wednesday morning, at 5:45 a.m. a man dressed as a construction worker hovered around Donald Trump’s Walk of Fame star, he bore a sledgehammer and a pickax.
The man who identified himself to Deadline as Jamie Otis, said that he had come to the iconic walk to extract the star for auction, with proceeds to benefit the women who have come forward accusing Trump of sexually assault.
Within minutes the “de-construction” worker had pulverized Trump’s star beyond recognition, leaving it un-salvageable for his vigilante purposes. The incident was caught on video, with bystanders documenting the destruction on their cell phones, but not making any moves to stop Otis – Fair enough considering the man was wielding a pickax.
Los Angeles Police arrived on the scene about 30 minutes later, but the perpetrator had already fled the scene. They are now searching for him.
While the Trump/Clinton election cycle has been rough on Trump’s Hollywood star (the star has had a reverse swastika spray-painted over it and a miniature razor wire wall built around it, not to mention the spit, kicking and other more pedestrian acts of aggression which are now a daily occurrence) this latest act, the brutality of it, might, in Hollywood terms be described as the climax.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a registered historical landmark and an iconic destination for tourists and locals alike. The stars commemorate achievements in the entertainment industry, and while the bronze names emblazoned upon their terrazzo faces may tarnish, both literally and figuratively, to the elements and to public scrutiny, does that give anybody the right to rewrite history, to censor the documentation of certain achievements?
Whatever your take on it, the man in question, if caught, will be charged with felony vandalism. The damage he caused is estimated at $2,500 according to the L.A. Times.
The star, which was dedicated to Trump in the television category for his involvement in The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice, will be repaired immediately, according to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
“The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an institution celebrating the positive contributions of inductees,” Commerce president, Leron Gubler said in a statement on the incident, “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 landmarek. Our democracy is based on respect for the law. People can make a difference by voting and not destroying public property.”
The star will be covered while it goes through a seasoning process for reconstruction.