John Lennon’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which was desecrated by vandals over the weekend with writing and drawings, is back to its original state Oct. 7 after workers, first from Capitol Records, then the Walk of Fame, feverishly removed the damage on Monday.
“Although it is the Chamber’s responsibility, we were out there first thing this morning attempting to clean the star. We made some great progress and then the company that installs the stars for the Walk of Fame showed up and they took over. They’re going to strip and reseal the star which should take care of it. It will look great for Wednesday’s Lennon birthday celebration!,” Jim Kuha, Senior Director of Adminstration for Universal Music Group said Monday afternoon.
Dennis Garling, one of the members of the crew who maintain the star, confirmed the star had been restored, saying in a later email, “According to the latest update from Capitol Records / EMi, the John Lennon star has been restored to its former glory, thanks to the efforts of Capitol Records, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, and the crew who install the stars on the Walk of Fame. A recent photo shows that ALL the damage was removed, and, once again, Mr. Winston Lennon Ono’s “star” is in its rightful place, and looking wonderful. Many thanks to the Walk of Fame crew for their hard work. The star had been seriously defaced in the past few days, and this was discovered by Gillian Lomax on her A Magical History Tour. Thank you Gillian for the heads-up. ‘Tis much appreciated.”
As we were the first to report Monday morning, Lomax was the first to discover the damaged star over the weekend. She reported it to Beatles Examiner. We informed the Walk of Fame, which arranged for the star’s damage to be repaired. The story went viral and was covered by Billboard, the New York Daily News and the Hollywood Reporter, among many others.
Ana Martinez of the Walk of Fame told the Hollywood Reporter, “We don’t mess around. I think Capitol is looking into seeing if there’s any video (of the defacing). (The stars are) registered state landmarks. Those are my babies! We’ve had people destroy stars, cracking or prying out parts of the stars, and they do go to jail and they have to pay back for the repairs.”
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