Five police officers and yellow caution tape surround Donald Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star — or what’s left of it.
The Los Angeles police say they are investigating the smashing of Trump’s star following footage that showed the sidewalk tribute was destroyed with a pickax.
Det. Meghan Aguilar says investigators were called to the scene before dawn Wednesday.
By mid-morning, an LAPD spokesperson at the scene told FOX411 the Chamber of Commerce was sending out a crew in the hopes of getting the star repaired as soon as possible.
“Investigators are looking at [a] felony vandalism [charge] because of the value which the Chamber of Commerce has placed [on the star] at $2,500…” the spokesperson told us. “As soon as investigators can positively identify the suspect, which they are very sure they can do… they will go ahead and make a decision whether they want to arrest that suspect or seek a warrant.”
A worker from Top End Construction told FOX411 the vandalism of the GOP presidential nominee’s star is “probably the worst I have seen.” Workers were seen tending to the star as a crowd formed around the area.
Deadline Hollywood reports a man named Jamie Otis claimed he vandalized the star. The site posted a video of a man wielding a pickax and ripping apart the star. Deadline reports Otis said he wanted to auction the star off to raise funds for the 11 women accusing the GOP presidential candidate of groping them. Trump has denied the groping allegations.
Trump’s star on the Walk of Fame was awarded to him in 2007.
Back in April, it was vandalized with a swastika.
President and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Leron Gubler said the organization “intends to prosecute to the full extent of the law.”
“The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an institution celebrating the positive contributions of the inductees,” Gubler stated. “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.”