Someone just destroyed Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a pickax

If you’ve ever wondered why Donald Trump has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame — it’s thanks to The Apprentice, and not his dazzling cameo in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York — well, it might be a moot point right now.

As reporter Jonathan Gonzalez of NBC Los Angeles tweeted Wednesday morning, the star — which is no stranger to vandalism — has been smashed to smithereens by a man using a pickax. The man has since turned himself in and is now in custody, Beverly Hills Police have confirmed.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 25: Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star is vandalized on July 25, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 25: Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star is vandalized on July 25, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 25: Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star is vandalized on July 25, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
Rubble remains in the place where the Star of US President Donald J. Trump on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was destroyed by a vandal in the early morning hours on July 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by DAVID MCNEW / AFP) (Photo credit should read DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump's star is seen after it was vandalized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S. July 25, 2018. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 25: The remains of President Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on July 25, 2018 in Hollywood, California. The star was vandalized overnight. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 25: Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star is vandalized on July 25, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 25: Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star is vandalized on July 25, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
Greg Donovan, 58, stands on President Donald Trump's vandalized star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S. July 25, 2018. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A worker removes the remains of the Star of US President Donald J. Trump on the Hollywood Walk of Fame after it was destroyed by a vandal in the early morning hours on July 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by DAVID MCNEW / AFP) (Photo credit should read DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)
A worker removes the remains of the Star of US President Donald J. Trump on the Hollywood Walk of Fame after it was destroyed by a vandal in the early morning hours on July 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by DAVID MCNEW / AFP) (Photo credit should read DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)
Workers replace the Star of US President Donald J. Trump on the Hollywood Walk of Fame after it was destroyed by a vandal in the early morning hours on July 25, 2018 in Los Angeles,�alifornia. (Photo by DAVID MCNEW / AFP) (Photo credit should read DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)
A worker removes the remains of the Star of US President Donald J. Trump on the Hollywood Walk of Fame after it was destroyed by a vandal in the early morning hours on July 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by DAVID MCNEW / AFP) (Photo credit should read DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)
A worker removes the remains of the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star of US President Donald Trump after it was destroyed by a vandal in the early morning hours on July 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by DAVID MCNEW / AFP) (Photo credit should read DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)
Workers replace the Star of US President Donald J. Trump on the Hollywood Walk of Fame after it was destroyed by a vandal in the early morning hours on July 25, 2018 in Los Angeles,�alifornia. (Photo by DAVID MCNEW / AFP) (Photo credit should read DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)
The new Hollywood Walk of Fame Star of US President Donald Trump nears completion after being destroyed by a vandal in the early morning hours on July 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by DAVID MCNEW / AFP) (Photo credit should read DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)
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Witnesses told NBC Los Angeles that the incident occurred around 3:30 a.m. local time, and reported seeing the unidentified man pulling a pickax from a guitar case he was carrying. He initially fled the scene, leaving the pickax behind.

It’s not the first time Trump’s star — which happens to be situated next to the one bearing Kevin Spacey‘s name — has been damaged by protesters.

The star has been covered with stickers — most recently during Pride in June — and surrounded by protest signs. In 2016 a swastika was spray-painted over it, followed by a mute button just months later. It’s also been attacked with a sledgehammer and ax, and bordered by a 6-inch wall in protest of the president’s immigration stance.

In every case, the damage has been repaired. There are currently no plans to move the star.

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