Vandal who wrecked Donald Trump's Hollywood star is charged

Will the man who destroyed Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame go to jail?

James Otis, 52, was charged Thursday with felony vandalism. He faces a maximum of three years in jail or a $10,000 fine, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office told the Associated Press.

In protest of the then-GOP presidential candidate, Otis used a pickaxe and a sledgehammer to smash the star on Oct. 26. He was was arrested shortly after.

“I just sort of had enough with Mr. Trump’s aggressive language toward women and his behavior, his sexual violence with women and against women,” Otis told the Los Angeles Times on Oct. 27, explaining his rationale. “I’ve had personally, in my own family, four people who have been assaulted or have had sexual violence happen to them. It all became very personal.”

Otis is currently free on bail and is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday.

The star, given to Trump in 2007 for his work on the reality show The Apprentice, has since been repaired.

Otis told the Times, “I will gladly pay the money if I have to and if I must go to jail, I will.”

Contributing: The Associated Press, Jayme Deerwester


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