Donald Trump's Hollywood star smashed with a pickaxe


Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been badly vandalised after a man dressed in a construction outfit smashed it with a pickaxe and a sledgehammer.

The man seen attacking the star identified himself as James Otis and he told Deadline Hollywood he intended to remove the plaque from the star and auction it off to raise funds for the 11 women who accuse the presidential candidate of groping them. Trump denies any wrongdoing.

Los Angeles Police received a report on the incident at 6am local time and attended the scene. An investigation is ongoing.

Trump's smashed star
The star is unreadable due to the damage (Richard Vogel/AP)

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which manages the Walk of Fame, said it intended to prosecute "to the full extent of the law" for the damage and is working to quickly fix the star.

"When people are unhappy with one of our honourees, we would hope that they would project their anger in more positive ways than to vandalise a California State landmark," said Leron Gubler, president of the Chamber of Commerce. "Our democracy is based on respect for the law. People can make a difference by voting and not destroying public property."

Trump with Hollywood star trophy
Trump's was the 2,327th star on the famous walkway (Damian Dovarganes/AP)

Trump was awarded the star in 2007 in recognition of his work on the US version of The Apprentice. It is said repairs and re-polishing will take several days. In the meantime a tent has been erected over it to shield it from view.

This isn't the first time Trump's star has received attention, in July someone built a small wall around it - a nod to his claim he will build a wall on the border to Mexico to keep out immigrants.