It happened Wednesday morning in the Brentwood neighborhood.
Capt. Patricia Sandoval, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department, tells The Associated Press that James wasn’t home at the time. She says the property manager told officers they believe the incident was captured on surveillance video.
Police are investigating it as an act of vandalism and a possible hate crime.
Sandoval says someone painted over the slur before officers arrived at the home to investigate.