A man from Glendale California has been charged with vandalizing the star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame that belongs to President Donald Trump last month.
Austin Mikel Clay, age 24, is accused of destroying Trump’s star on Hollywood Boulevard with a pickaxe on July 25th. Clay has been charged with one count of felony vandalism and the judge has set his bail at $20,000. If convicted, Clay is facing up to three years in confinement.
Big League Politics reported on the star being destroyed last month:
Around 3:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, a 25-year old man was walking on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame when he stopped, opened up a guitar case and removed a pickaxe. What came next, was a shock to those standing nearby.
The man took to demolishing President Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, by striking the star to bits. Trump had received the red marble marker on the Walk of Fame in 2007 for his role as producer for his Miss Universe shows. He was also host of NBC’s “The Apprentice” at the time it was destroyed.
Officials from the Los Angeles Police Department said when they arrived at the scene around 3:30 a.m., the suspect had already left, but he did leave the pickaxe behind.
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TMZ posted a video of the vandal who repeatedly struck President Trump’s star using a pickaxe:
President Trump’s star has been defaced several times before. In early July, actor/comedian George Lopez pretended to urinate on Trump’s star by pouring a bottle of water onto it–to reference the “Pee Pee Gate” fake dossier that was compiled by Christopher Steele.
In 2016, a man named James Otis used a sledgehammer and pickaxe to defave the star about a week before Trump was elected President of the United States. Otis plead no contest to a felony charge of vandalism and avoided any jail time. He was sentenced instead to three years probation and 20 days of community service with $4,400 in restitution for the damage to President Trump’s star.
The case from July 25th remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.
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