Man pleads no contest to vandalizing President Trump's Hollywood star

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Washington D.C. [USA] Nov 8 (ANI): Singer-songwriter Michael Buble is all set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 16, 2018.

After he pleaded not guilty in August, Clay told reporters the vandalism was a "rightful and just act".

The district attorney in Los Angeles made the announcement on Twitter Wednesday. In 2017, 53-year-old James Lambert Otis was sentenced to probation and ordered to pay both the Hollywood Historic Trust and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce after he destroyed the star with a pickax and a sledgehammer in 2016.

In July, Austin Clay turned himself in to Los Angeles police after smashing Trump's sidewalk star with a pickaxe, and was subsequently booked on suspicion of felony vandalism.

"I think that the repercussions of it were only positive", he said.


In addition, the 24-year-old from Glendale, CA must attend psychological counseling and pay back the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce $9,400 for the damages.

Otis, who was dressed as a construction worker at the time, said his goal was to remove the star, auction it, and donate any money raised to the women who accused Trump of sexual assault leading up to the presidential election. He will release his 10th studio album, Love, the same day as his Walk of Fame ceremony.

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.

"On July 25, Clay used a pickaxe to smash the star located on Hollywood Boulevard", the office wrote, adding that he surrendered to authorities the next day.

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. "Which song are you most looking forward to hearing?" the star's team tweeted Wednesday.

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