Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Man sentenced for smashing Trump's Hollywood star with axe

Donald Trump Hollywood Star Walk Of Fame Suspect in Trump Walk of Fame vandalism pleaded no contest, officials say
Jeannette Daniel | 11 November, 2018, 05:36

The man who took a pickaxe to Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star back in July will be taking it up again, this time while serving community service.

The DA's office charged Clay in August with one felony count of vandalism, and on Aug. 15, it tweeted that he'd pleaded not guilty.

The district attorney in Los Angeles made the announcement on Twitter Wednesday.

Witnesses said they saw Clay visit Trump's star during the early morning hours of July 25 and attack it using an ax he brought in a guitar case.

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"I think it's important to take a stand against those we believe are fraudulent", Clay said. Otis was also booked with felony vandalism, but received a similarly light sentence - three years probation, 20 days of community service, and a fine.

Clay is also required to go to counseling and needs to "pay restitution of $9,404.46 to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce" in accordance with a plea agreement, the DA's office said.

He was facing the possibility of three-years in prison, but instead a judge sentenced him to one-day in a county jail followed by three-years of probation. He will release his 10th studio album, Love, the same day as his Walk of Fame ceremony.

In August, amid the multiple incidences of vandalism to Trump's star, the West Hollywood City Council unanimously signed off on a resolution to remove his star completely. During Trump's presidential campaign, his star was spray-painted and surrounded by a 6-inch wall - a dig at his proposal to build a wall at the Mexico border - and smashed with both a sledgehammer and, yep, a pickax. "You have no right to a star... just because you're famous". The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has condemned the vandalism, but so far refused to remove stars from the walk, saying that regardless of who they represent, they are a part of the history of the area.

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