Vandals deface Lennon star before birthday

Agence France-Presse

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Workers scramble to clean up mess in time for annual vigil by fans

'THEY SAY IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY.' A worker cleans up John Lennon’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Photo by Michael Thurston/AFP

LOS ANGELES, USA – Vandals scrawled graffiti on John Lennon’s sidewalk star on Hollywood’s storied Walk of Fame over the weekend, prompting an urgent clean-up days before fans gather for the Beatles icon’s birthday.

The unidentified graffiti artist or artists scribbled a smiley face and various messages on the star, which is next to those of his Fab Four band mates outside the Capitol Records building in downtown Hollywood.

Beatles fans are expected to hold an annual candle-lit vigil on Wednesday, October 9, which would have been Lennon’s 73rd birthday.

“Somebody came over the weekend – we think it was probably late Sunday – and graffitied the star,” said Peter Bermont, manager of office services at the Capitol Records building.

“It’s John’s birthday on Wednesday, we want to make sure it looks nice and clean for it.”

Ana Martinez, a spokeswoman for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which manages the Walk of Fame stars photographed by millions of tourists every year, said she got a Twitter message about the Lennon graffiti Sunday night.

“Capitol Records started the cleanup, as it is in front of their property, and then our star maker finished up and sealed it, and it is ready to go,” Martinez said. “Too bad this person wasn’t caught and arrested.” –

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