Donald Trumps star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been destroyed—again. Early Wednesday morning, witnesses reported seeing a man take a pickax to the presidents star on Hollywood Boulevard, demolishing it until it was a caved-in pile of pieces. According to NBC, the man, who is believed to be 25 years old, arrived to the scene carrying a guitar case. Inside the case was the pickax, which he used to smash the star. He then called the police on himself, but left the scene before officers arrived around 3:30 A.M. He was reportedly arrested around three hours later.
This isnt the first time Trumps star, which was put in place in 2007, has been destroyed. Back in 2016, a man dressed up as a construction worker took a sledgehammer and an ax to the star, smashing away at it and picking out the letters. The man, Jamie Otis, told Deadline he was trying to take pieces of the star and auction them off, in order to raise funds for the women who have accused Trump of sexual assault. (The president has denied the allegations.) Otis later pleaded no contest to one felony count of vandalism.
The star has also been vandalized in numerous other ways. Swastikas have been spray-painted on it; the word “racist” has been scrawled. L.A.-based artist Plastic Jesus once erected a small concrete and razor-wire wall around the star, echoing Trumps broken-record cries of building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The star also inspired a meme after a Trump supporter took a photo of herself cleaning the star, writing in the caption “Nothing but respect for MY president,” a sentiment that was endlessly mocked and parodied.
After the rise in vandalism on Trumps star (which requires a costly repair), many wondered if it would ultimately be removed from the Walk of Fame. (There have been similar rumblings about Bill Cosbys star, considering the sexual misconduct allegations against the disgraced comedian, who has since been convicted on three counts of sexual assault.) However, Leron Gubler, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce president and C.E.O., released a statement back in April 2016 confirming that the star was there to stay. “Once a star has been added to the Walk, it is considered a part of the historic fabric of the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “Because of this, we have never removed a star from the Walk.”
Get Vanity Fairs HWD NewsletterSign up for essential industry and award news from Hollywood.Full ScreenPhotos:Every Time Meryl Streep Died in a Movie—And Still Stole the Show
The House of the Spirits, 1993
In the film based on the 1982 novel by Isabel Allende, Streep plays Clara, the clairvoyant matriarch of a wealthy family in Chile, who dies when she is middle-aged. Afterwards, the spirit of Streep guides her family through various trials, in their lives and through the revolutions of Chile. She spends the whole film as this sort of otherworldly goddess—and the movie is squarely hers.Photo: From Everett Collection.
One True Thing, 1998
In the film adaptation of writer Anna Quindlens novel, Streep plays a housewife and the mother of a Manhattan journalist (Renée Zellweger). She is diagnosed with breast cancer at the beginning of the film, and spends the entire movie carrying out heartbreaking scene after heartbreaking scene. Finally, she delivers a monologue about choosing to “love the things that you have,” which defines the meaning of life in one perfect, Streepian swoop.Photo: From Universal/Everett Collection.
The Bridges of Madison County, 1995
Meryl is dead at the beginning of this movie, so brace yourself for that. Her kids return to their childhood Iowa home to examine their mothers will and sort through her things. What they find are a bunch of letters from a lover (Clint Eastwood) they knew nothing about. Then come the flashbacks, featuring Streep as a 1960s Midwest transplant with a masterful Italian accent—commanding the screen, even if shes just a flashback of a memory.Photo: From Warner Bros/Everett Collection.
Death Becomes Her, 1992
This one, now hailed as a queer classic, features Streep opposite Goldie Hawn, playing age-obsessed women living their best afterlives. Come for the special effects; stay for the campy scene where Streep sings a narcissistic solo (though she is technically alive when she sings it).Photo: From Universal/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock.
Defending Your Life, 1991
Here, Streep and Albert Brooks fall in love while in what is essentially purgatory. She stuns in an all-white outfit, like the very image of an angel—but really, shes just a dead lady named Julia who has to kiss Albert Brooks. Somehow, it works.Photo: From Geffen Pictures/Everett Collection.
Angels in America, 2003
Did you ever know that you needed Meryl Streep to play the ghost of Ethel Rosenberg, smiting a dying Roy Cohn on his deathbed? Well, you do. Streep plays a total of four characters in this celebrated miniseries, including a rabbi who Maurice Sendak mistook as an “alter cocker” in real life. But her dead Rosenberg is really the one to watch.Photo: By Stephen Goldblatt/Hbo/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, 2018
Shes dead. We find out in the first scene, as if the trailers werent clue enough. But just like we need her to, Streep still shows up at the very last minute, her entrance worthy of cheers, her spandex-clad reprise of “Super Trouper” (now featuring Cher!) well worth the wait.Photo: Courtesy of Jonathan Prime/Universal Pictures.PreviousNext
Yohana DestaYohana Desta is a Hollywood writer for VanityFair.com.