LOS ANGELES – Donald Trump’s name no longer appears on the Hollywood Walk of Fame after his star was defaced early Wednesday morning .
The vandalism was reported around 6 a.m., according to Officer Norma Eisenman with the Los Angeles Police Department, but the damage was already done by the time officers arrived on scene.
The real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate received the star, located at 6801 Hollywood Blvd. near the Dolby Theater, in 2007 for his work on NBC reality show “The Apprentice.”
Jamie Moreno, who works as a security guard nearby, told KTLA a man smashed it with a sledgehammer, stating it was revenge for the women Trump has insulted.
Officials did not provide a suspect description but said the incident is under investigation.
According to Deadline, a man identifying himself as James Otis claimed responsibility and said he was trying to extract the star and auction it off to raise funds for the legal fees of women accusing Trump of sexual assault.
No further details were immediately available.
In late July, a six-inch wall was erected around the candidate’s star in response to his controversial views on immigration and calls for a border wall.