James Lambert Otis, the 53 year-old man charged with vandalizing President Donald Trump’s engraved star on the Hollywood Walk-of-Fame, pleaded no contest on Tuesday in charges related to the crime.
Facing one count of felony vandalism, Otis was punished with a $4400 payment to be distributed to the Hollywood Historic Trust and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. His sentence also included three years of probation.
Disguised as a construction worker, Otis was seen smashing Trump’s star with a sledgehammer back in late October. Otis claimed he planned on removing the star and donating the plaque through auction, where the funds would be sent to the women accusing the president of sexual assault. Otis was placed under arrest a day after the incident.
Trump was given the honor for his work on his hit-television show “The Apprentice”, with the star being embedded into the fabled concrete in 2007.
Despite Otis’ attempts to dislodge the star, and a number of related defacements taking place throughout Trump’s presidential candidacy, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce never wavered in its decision to leave the star intact.
“Once a star has been added to the Walk, it is considered a part of the historic fabric of the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” Leron Gubler of the HCOC relayed to CNN last April. “Because of this, we have never removed a star from the Walk.”
H/T: The Hill
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