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Pictures show that Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was fitted with a drain because people allegedly kept urinating on it. Here is the truth

Claim:

A drain was installed on Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame because people kept urinating on it.

Evaluation:

Rating: False

Rating: False

In early June 2024, an X-user posted an image purporting to show a drain installed on former U.S. President Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame that appeared to be covered with a cloudy stain.

A day earlier, a Reddit user posted the same photo, claiming it was his favorite place to urinate in Los Angeles.

“It’s our favorite pee spot in LA,” they wrote.

The Reddit post included a screenshot of an X-post that had amassed more than 540,000 views at the time of this writing and was captioned: “They had to install a drain.”

Similar posts appeared elsewhere on X and Reddit.

However, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which manages the Walk of Fame, told Snopes that it did not add a drain to Trump's star. A reverse image search of the image in question turned up similar photos of Trump's star (same angle, lighting, etc.) — without the drain.

A spokesperson for the HCC also said that to their knowledge no one has urinated on the landmark. There have also been no recent acts of vandalism at the star, they added.

Based on this evidence, the photo appeared to be a digital creation. We rated the claim as False.

Likewise, credible news outlets did not report on the addition of a drain to Trump's star on the Walk of Fame because people had urinated on it. If this were true, it would have been newsworthy.

Vandalism and defacement of the star have been reported several times in numerous publications, for example in October 2016, July 2018 and October 2020.

In 2016, Snopes investigated the claim that people had defecated on Trump's star.

Sources:

Chan, Eric Levenson, Stella. “President Trump's Walk of Fame star torn to pieces | CNN Politics”. CNNJuly 25, 2018, https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/25/politics/trump-walk-of-fame-star-smash/index.html.

Donald Trump Star Hollywood Walk of Fame Drain – Google SearchAccessed June 6, 2024.

“Donald Trump’s star on Hollywood Walk of Fame smashed.” BBC NewsOctober 26, 2016. www.bbc.co.ukhttps://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-37777652.

“Hollywood Chamber of Commerce”. Hollywood Chamber of CommerceAccessed June 6, 2024.

Paul, Kari. “Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame vandalized again.” The guardOctober 2, 2020. The guardhttps://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/oct/02/donald-trump-hollywood-walk-of-fame-star-vandalized-again.

'Walk of Fame – Press'. Hollywood Walk of FameAccessed June 6, 2024.