Man sentenced to three years probation for smashing Trump’s Hollywood star with ax

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Austin Clay, 24, was sentenced to three year's probation Wednesday and ordered to pay more than $9,400 for destroying Trump's Walk of Fame star

Austin Clay, 24, was sentenced to three year’s probation Wednesday and ordered to pay more than $9,400 for destroying Trump’s Walk of Fame star

A man who smashed Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in July has been sentenced to three years probation.

A judge ordered Austin Mikel Clay, 24, on Wednesday to also attend psychological counseling and pay more than $9,400 to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

Clay pleaded no contest to a felony count of vandalism for taking a pickax to Trump’s star on Hollywood Boulevard in July, which was recorded and quickly went viral.

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

He said he wanted to ‘bring about positive political change’ and didn’t believe prosecutors should have charged him.

The star recognizes Trump for his work on the TV show ‘The Apprentice.’ It was quickly repaired after its second time being smashed.

Clay took a pickax to the star on July 25, 2018 and was severely damaged (pictured) 

Clay took a pickax to the star on July 25, 2018 and was severely damaged (pictured) 

Clay took a pickax to the star on July 25, 2018 and was severely damaged (pictured) 

He used a pickaxe to deface the star around 3am Wednesday and then turned himself into police

He used a pickaxe to deface the star around 3am Wednesday and then turned himself into police

He used a pickaxe to deface the star around 3am Wednesday and then turned himself into police

He used a pickaxe to deface the star around 3am Wednesday and then turned himself into police

Video captured Clay vandalizing Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame at 3am on July 25, 2018

Video emerged catching Clay hammering away at the president’s star around 3am on July 25, 2018 in Los Angeles.

Passersbys appeared unfazed as Clay repeatedly lifted the tool over his head and smashed the plaque. At one point, a man appeared in the video standing close to the scene as Clay payed him no mind.

The video was taken before Clay fled, leaving his pickax, and then called the police and confessed. He was arrested on $20,000 bail.  

In November 2016, James Otis also used a pickax to destroy Trumps’s star. He pleaded no contest to felony vandalism in February 2017 and was sentenced to three years of probation and 20 days of community service. 

He was also slapped with $4,400 worth of fines.

Trump’s star has been defaced, demolished or otherwise tampered with many times since he declared his candidacy for president in 2015.

Trump received his star in 2007 (pictured), it has been targeted numerous times since his Presidential campaign began

Trump received his star in 2007 (pictured), it has been targeted numerous times since his Presidential campaign began

Trump received his star in 2007 (pictured), it has been targeted numerous times since his Presidential campaign began

Construction workers use a jack hammer to remove the destroyed star of Donald Trump on the Hollywood Walk of Fame after Clay vandalized it 

Construction workers use a jack hammer to remove the destroyed star of Donald Trump on the Hollywood Walk of Fame after Clay vandalized it 

Construction workers use a jack hammer to remove the destroyed star of Donald Trump on the Hollywood Walk of Fame after Clay vandalized it 

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.

Other incidents of vandalism include a reverse swastika being spray painted on the star in January 2016, and the symbol for ‘mute,’ which indicates sound has been turned off on a device, being spray painted on the star in June of 2016.

Speculation around the spray painting of the ‘mute’ sign included the possibility that it was meant to protest Trump’s antagonistic language used during his campaign.

In August, West Hollywood city council unanimously approved a motion calling for the removal of Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

However, the vote is not legally binding as the council has no control over the Walk of Fame. The council will instead send a formal letter to the overseeing bodies, Los Angeles city council and Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, asking them to consider it. 

They are unlikely to approve it’s removal as no star has ever been removed before.

The West Hollywood city council approved a motion calling for Donald Trump's star to be removed from the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It has been targeted by demonstrators multiple times since he took office, pictured above

The West Hollywood city council approved a motion calling for Donald Trump's star to be removed from the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It has been targeted by demonstrators multiple times since he took office, pictured above

The West Hollywood city council approved a motion calling for Donald Trump’s star to be removed from the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It has been targeted by demonstrators multiple times since he took office, pictured above

 

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