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Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been smashed by someone dressed as The Incredible Hulk.
Officers were called to the scene at around 5.50am yesterday (2 October) after a person dressed as the Marvel hero defaced the plaque with a pickaxe, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) told the Los Angeles Times. No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.
The star sustained more than $3,000 (£2,319) in damage, a spokeswoman for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce told the same publication.
The President and CEO of the chamber, Rana Ghadban, said in a statement: "Any star, which is vandalised or destroyed, no matter which honoree it belongs to, will be replaced by the Hollywood Historic Trust, a non-profit, non-partisan group.
"When people are angry with one of our honorees, we would hope that they would project their anger in more positive ways than to vandalise a California State landmark. Our democracy is based on respect for the law. People can make a real difference by voting and not destroying public property."
By the afternoon, workers had already set about repairing the star - not for the first time. In 2016 it was hit with a sledgehammer and in 2018 it was destroyed with a pickaxe, making this the third time it has had to be replaced.
It has also been frequently defaced and graffitied, with his supporters subsequently cleaning and preserving the controversial star.
The latest attack on the plaque came just hours after the president revealed he and wife Melania had tested positive for Covid-19.
Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!
- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020
The 74-year-old has since been moved to the Walter Reed medical centre in Maryland out of 'an abundance of caution' and will work from there 'for the next few days'.
A statement from the White House read: "President Trump remains in good spirts, has mild symptoms, and has been working throughout the day.
"Out of an abundance of caution, and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts, the President will be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days. President Trump appreciates the outpouring of support for both he and the First Lady."
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