And we caught the whole thing on camera.
Donald Trump got some help from an unexpected group on Wednesday after a man vandalized his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Before dawn Wednesday, a man in what appeared to be a Los Angeles city construction worker’s outfit placed LA Department of Transportation cones and signs around the bronze and terrazzo star. He then began smashing it with a sledgehammer and pickax. The street was mostly deserted and there were no police around, but Deadline senior editor Dominic Patten happened to be walking past. His video shows it all. At one point you can hear the vandal tell onlookers, “Sorry guys, watch your eyes,” as the chips fly. Here’s another eyewitness video, posted on Twitter:
A street performer told NBC Channel 4, “He took Donald Trump’s name out and he took his round plaque out.”
The man, revealed to be activist James Otis, told Patten he planned to sell the star on Ebay to raise $30,000 to cover legal fees for the women who have accused the Republican presidential candidate of sexual assault. Trump has said the women are lying and threatened to sue them after the Nov. 8 election.
Otis was gone by 6am, when an LAPD patrol car arrived. In a video posted on TMZ, Otis said he will turn himself into the police and says he’d “love to go to court” with Trump.
“The reason I did it was because of the amount of sexual assaults that not only my own family has experienced, but that the many women that Donald Trump has done this to…I don’t think Mr. Trump deserves that star any longer.”
— James Otis
Trump was awarded the star in 2007 for his work on “The Apprentice” television series. A petition to remove it has gained more than 42,000 supporters (and counting). In January, someone painted a reverse swastika on it. In June, a “mute” sign was painted on it. In July, a street artist named Plastic Jesus built a little wall around the star and topped it with razor wire, evoking Trump’s plan to build a wall on the US-Mexico border. Every time, the star was restored quickly.
Today, however, the star was restored by several men from LA’s Top End Constructors, which has the only contract for the boulevard through the Chamber of Commerce.
You can see the repair below in the Facebook Live video streamed by Dose. Top End workers carefully replaced the bronze medal and name plaque and spread terrazzo on the star. Dose employees report the men were speaking Spanish. Mexico may never build Trump a wall, but it’s Hispanics who rebuilt his star.
See the full video of the repair below:
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which chooses star honorees, intends to prosecute Otis to the fullest extent of the law.