A man named James Otis, described as the heir to the Otis Elevator Fortune, is facing felony vandalism charges in connection with the destruction of Donald Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star.
Otis is shown in a video, obtained by Deadline, using a sledgehammer to break up the Republican Presidential nominee’s pink terrazzo star in what he called an “act of civil disobedience.” Otis defended himself to local media saying that “I did it, and I’m very happy I did it, and I’m proud that I did it.”
Otis had planned to take the star out in one piece so that he could auction it off to benefit women’s charities in New York, but when it became clear the star would only come out in pieces, he simply destroyed the monument.
Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star has been taking a beating this election pic.twitter.com/UXeDQDlbeP
— Chill (@SirManigo) October 26, 2016
District attorneys now say they are considering more charges against Otis.
Trump received his star in 2007 for his work on The Apprentice. The star, which cost around $30,000 – usually paid by a production company or a fan club – was situated prominently in front of the Dolby Theater, across from ABC Studios. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which doles out the stars, says that Trump’s will be replaced early next week.
Until then, an enterprising soul has placed a Trump 2016 bumper sticker on the site.
— News Toppers (@NewsToppers) October 26, 2016
This isn’t the first time Donald Trump’s star has met with trouble, though this is by far the most devastating attack. Earlier in the campaign, activist groups erected a wall with barbed wire around the star to emphasize their opposition to Trump’s immigration policies.