Someone vandalized the sidewalk star of the late Jamaica reggae legend Bob Marley on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and it will cost about $3,000 to repair it.
Officials declined to speculate about a motive for the destruction. There was no mention of any possible connection to widely publicized recent racial tensions across the nation.
The vandalism was discovered on Monday, said Ana Martinez of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
“It had been pounded on with what appears to be a sledgehammer or something heavy like that, totally destroying it,” Martinez said.
“This is considered vandalism to a State Historic Landmark,” she said. “It will be repaired by the Hollywood Historic Trust and will cost nearly $3,000 to repair it.”
Martinez tweeted a photo of the damaged star, along with the message: “Why would anyone do this to Bob Marley’s star? Help me understand. The Walk of Fame is a State registered Historic landmark! Disrespectful.”
The reggae artist died in 1981. He was posthumously awarded the star, located at 7080 Hollywood Blvd., in 2001.
–City News Service
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