- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Latest on vandalism of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (all times local):

11:20 a.m.

The group that oversees the Hollywood Walk of Fame says it’s working to quickly repair damage to Donald Trump’s star after it was vandalized.

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President Leron Gubler says it will take several days for the fixes to be completed.

Los Angeles police are investigating after blows from a hammer destroyed the GOP presidential candidate’s star early Wednesday.

A man who identified himself as Jamie Otis says he’s responsible for the damage. Otis tells Deadline Hollywood (https://bit.ly/2dK4kON) that he originally intended to remove Trump’s star. He says he wanted to auction it off to raise funds for the 11 women accusing the billionaire businessman of sexual assault.

Trump has denied the allegations.

Police say they recovered a sledgehammer, construction hat, vest and pick from the scene.

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8:50 a.m.

Los Angeles police are investigating the vandalizing of Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Det. Meghan Aguilar says investigators were called to the scene before dawn Wednesday following reports that the presidential candidate’s star was destroyed by blows from a hammer.

A man who identified himself as Jamie Otis says he’s responsible for the damage. Otis tells Deadline Hollywood (https://bit.ly/2dK4kON) that he originally intended to remove Trump’s star. He says he wanted to auction it off to raise funds for the 11 women accusing the presidential candidate of groping them. Trump has denied the groping allegations.

Aguilar says she’s aware of the Deadline report but couldn’t comment on whether Otis is a suspect.

Trump’s star was dedicated in 2007 in recognition of his work on NBC’s reality TV show “The Apprentice.”


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