Washington: Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been vandalised after reportedly being attacked by a man wielding a sledgehammer and a pick-axe.
Police in Los Angeles are appealing for information about the incident, which happened on Wednesday morning.
According to Hollywood magazine Deadline, a man dressed as a construction worker used the tools to smash the pavement monument, completely removing Mr Trump’s name from the surface.
The man said he had intended to remove the star to auction and raise funds for women who have accused the Republican presidential candidate of sexually assaulting them, the trade publication said.
Mr Trump has vehemently denied the allegations against him.
The billionaire businessman was taking time out from the campaign trail to promote his new Trump International hotel in Washington DC when news of the vandalism broke.
His was the 2,327th Hollywood star on the famous boulevard, set in stone in 2007 for his work on the American version of The Apprentice.
It is not the first time the symbol has been vandalised, with repeated attacks in recent months following the tycoon’s controversial comments about banning Muslims from entering the US and building a wall on the US-Mexico border.
In July, a British artist known as Plastic Jesus installed a mini-wall around the star, topped with razor wire, miniature US flags and Keep Out signs.
Following the latest attack, a tent was erected to prevent passers-by from viewing the damage.
A Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman said the force received a report about the vandalism at 6am local time.
An investigation is ongoing, she said.