James Otis, 52, was charged Thursday with a single count of felony vandalism for destroying Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Otis has admitted attacking the star with a pick-ax and a sledgehammer in the early morning hours of Oct. 26, in protest of Trump’s alleged sexual assaults. He also took the brass medallion at the center of the star.
“He’s a serial liar and a misogynist,” Otis said at a press conference following the incident. “I admitted my mistakes, and I’m now dealing with my consequences, unlike Mr. Trump who has never admitted what he’s done, nor has he gotten his consequences. That’s why I destroyed the star. I broke the law.”
“People can make a difference by voting and not destroying public property,” Leron Gubler, president/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which administers the Walk of Fame, said in a statement after Otis was arrested.
Otis is scheduled for arraignment on Friday. The charge carries a maximum sentence of three years in county jail, though that is unlikely in this instance.