Man Charged With Felony Vandalism After Smashing Donald Trump's Walk of Fame Star

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Aaron Couch

James Otis faces a maximum penalty of three years in jail.

Authorities say a man who used a pickaxe and a sledgehammer to smash Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been charged with felony vandalism.

The Los Angeles County District attorney said the charge was filed Thursday against 52-year-old James Otis. He faces a maximum penalty of three years in jail.

Otis destroyed the star of the president-elect in the pre-dawn hours of Oct. 27, when Trump was still a candidate, police said. He was arrested soon after.

Otis, who is free on bail and scheduled to be arraigned on Friday, could not immediately be reached for comment and it's unclear if he has an attorney.

The star, given to Trump in 2007 for his work on the reality show The Apprentice, has since been repaired.

Otis said at the time that he smashed the star in protest of Trump's treatment of women, and had initially planned to steal the star, sell it off and give the money to the 11 women who had said Trump groped them.

He said he would be happy to pay for the repairs.