Donald Trump's Hollywood star smashed over sex assault claims

A man with an axe destroyed Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in a video protest over sexual misconduct allegations dogging the Republican presidential candidate.

AFP October 27, 2016 08:19:47 IST
Donald Trump's Hollywood star smashed over sex assault claims

Los Angeles: A man with an axe destroyed Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in a video protest over sexual misconduct allegations dogging the Republican presidential candidate.

The protester, dressed in city construction worker overalls, can be seen on footage posted to YouTube and several other websites hacking away the gold lettering and camera logo from the tribute.

Giving his name as James Otis, he calmly explains he is "terribly upset" with 70-year-old Trump, who vigorously denies
claims by almost a dozen women that he groped or was sexually aggressive toward them.

"Four of my family members were sexually assaulted," he says in the video, an amateur clip which appeared to show at least one professional crew filming the incident.

The man told a local news agency he had originally intended to remove the entire star from the sidewalk on Hollywood Boulevard. He said he was going to auction it and donate the proceeds to Trump's alleged victims — every single one of whom the real estate tycoon has vowed to sue after the 8 November election — but was unable to lift the slab.

"It was very difficult. The stone was like marble — hard to get through," he said about an hour after the 5.45 am attack on the star, awarded in 2007 for Trump's work on The Apprentice. He added that he planned to surrender to police, either today or tomorrow, but was still working out arrangements with his attorney.

"I'm not frightened of jail and I'm certainly not frightened of Trump," he said, claiming to have been arrested around two dozen times for protesting various causes.

There was no immediate response from Trump, but the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which awards the honours, said the star would be repaired in the coming days and would remain covered in the meantime.

"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," chamber head Leron Gubler said.

This is not the first time Trump's Walk of Fame star has been targeted.

Donald Trumps Hollywood star smashed over sex assault claims

In July, a Los Angeles street artist built a tiny wall of wooden planks topped with barbed wire around it, in protest at Trump's campaign vow to build a wall on the Mexican border.

Last year, excrement was left on the star and someone drew a large yellow X over it. A swastika and a mute symbol were also drawn on the red tile earlier this year.

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