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Trump Hollywood Star: City Council Votes to Get Rid of It

Trump Hollywood Star: City Council Votes to Get Rid of It
The West Hollywood City Council voted to ask the Chamber of Commerce to remove President Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star. (Biansho/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Tuesday, 07 August 2018 09:41 AM

The West Hollywood City Council has voted to ask the Chamber of Commerce to remove President Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star, Mayor John Duran said Monday.

The star, which was issued to Trump in 2007 for his hosting role on NBC's "The Apprentice," has been the target of repeated vandalism since he began his run for president, Entertainment Weekly reported.

"West Hollywood City council unanimously passes resolution asking the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to remove the Donald Trump star on Hollywood Walk of Fame," Duran tweeted Monday night.

The decision comes shortly after a man wielding a pickaxe destroyed the star on July 25.

The suspect, Austin Clay, later turned himself over to police and has since been charged with one count of felony vandalism.

He could face up to three years in prison for the rampage of which video footage was posted by TMZ.

The star has since been repaired but it has been destroyed on several occasions in the past and has also been subject to various pranks.

At one point following the most recent attack, it appeared as if fake Russian soldiers were guarding the remains of the star.

Video was posted online of what The Hill described as "two stone-faced men" dressed in olive green military-style uniforms with thick hats. They stood on Hollywood Boulevard in the 90-degree heat of Los Angeles, appearing to protect Trump's star.

In 2016, Trump's star was briefly edged with a six-inch-high wall erected by a street artist named Plastic Jesus in a statement about his pledge to build a wall on the Mexican border.

The star was also previously vandalized by a man swinging a sledgehammer and pickaxe days before the November 2016 election.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Leron Gubler previously addressed the vandalism, stating that the Hollywood Walk of Fame "is an institution celebrating the positive contributions of the inductees," Entertainment Weekly noted.

"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," he said. "Our democracy is based on respect for the law. People can make a difference by voting and not destroying public property."

The decision to remove Trump's star was greeted with backlash on social media.

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President Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star has been the target of vandalism and pranks and now the West Hollywood City Council has voted to ask the Chamber of Commerce to get rid of it, Mayor John Duran said Monday.
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