President Donald Trump’s star officially reappeared on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Saturday, KCAL-TV reported.
Trump received the star for his role as host of the reality-TV show "The Apprentice." His star was first unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007, but fell prey to vandalism in 2016 and in July.
What did the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce say?
“Any star, which is vandalized or destroyed, no matter which honoree it belongs to will be replaced by the Hollywood Historic Trust, a non-profit, non-partisan group. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a historic landmark which celebrates the professional contributions of the inductees. The stars once installed, are considered part of the historic fabric of the Walk,” said Leron Gubler, president and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce administers the stars.
“When people are angry 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," Gubler said. "Our democracy is based on respect for the law. People can make a real difference by voting and not destroying public property.”
Austin Clay, 24, allegedly damaged Trump’s star on July 25 with a pickax and called it a “rightful and just act,” at a court hearing, according to reports. He pleaded not guilty to a felony vandalism charge and he is due to reappear in court in Los Angeles on September 24.
Clay allegedly fled the scene after destroying the star and later turned himself in to Beverly Hills police.
At least two larges brawls broke out around the star in July, with Los Angeles police officers worked to keep pro-Trump and anti-Trump protesters away from each other, according to published reports.
The melee included “fighting, screaming matches, pushing and shoving, acts of vandalism, men dressed as Russian cops “protecting” the star — comedian George Lopez even pretended to urinate on the star using a water bottle,” the TV station reported.
In 2016, someone spray-painted on Trump's star. People have also reportedly spit and stomped on it.
RT @dcexaminer: People keep vandalizing Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star https://t.co/yWM165uRfq https://t.co/URy1wyQ6yW— Byron York (@Byron York) 1459955314.0
Sixty years ago, the first eight stars were installed on the Walk of Fame. More than 2,600 stars now sit on the 15 blocks of the Walk on Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks on Vine Street.