It should be no surprise that Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was subjected to some pretty harsh cases of vandalism during his controversial presidential campaign.
Throughout 2016, frustrated members of the public attacked Trump’s star, often scribbling terms like “racist” or drawing Nazi swastikas on it.
One thing is for sure: it grabs a lot of people’s attention, be it positive or negative:
A picture I took of Donald Trump's star on the Walk of Fame in LA a few months ago pic.twitter.com/FnuKhRY7n4
— Khalid (@WorldOfK_) March 10, 2016
Democrats spray painted a Nazi Swastika on Star of David of Trump. No one bats an eye in the media. pic.twitter.com/g4VJoTUkE4
— Scott Jean Summers (@ScottJeanSummer) July 3, 2016
But, one man may have taken it a little too far. James Lambert Otis, 53, was caught disguised as a construction worker destroying Trump’s star with a pickax back in October.
“The reason why I took the star was to auction it on Election Day, and raise as much money as I can for the women who have been exploited by Mr. Trump.”
Surprisingly, he will actually be punished for his crime after pleading no contest in court — despite sympathies from the anti-Trump crowd.
According to the L.A. County District Attorney’s office and the Hollywood Reporter, Otis must pay $3,700 to the Hollywood Historic Trust and $700 to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
Not only that, he will have to serve three years of formal probation and perform 20 hours of community service. He has yet to make a public comment about his punishment.
The star has since been restored to its former glory and continues to draw crowds of onlookers in Hollywood.