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Los Angeles police have arrested and booked the man accused of destroying Donald Trump’s Walk of Fame star on Tuesday, officer Aareon Jefferson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
James Lambert Otis, 52, was arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism. He was booked in the Los Angeles County Jail and his bail is $20,000, according to authorities. The AP reported that Otis was released on bail on Thursday afternoon.
Otis, dressed as a construction worker, allegedly took a pickaxe to the GOP presidential nominee’s star along Hollywood Boulevard, destroying it in the process, according to multiple witness videos of the incident.
In one clip, Otis tells onlookers he has family members who have been sexually assaulted, and he is angry toward Trump over vulgar comments the billionaire businessman was taped making in 2005.
Otis’ next court appearance is Nov. 18, according to jail records.
So far, the Trump campaign has not officially responded to the incident.
On Wednesday, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce issued a statement, saying the organization “intends to prosecute to the full extent of the law,” according to Leron Gubler, president of the chamber. “The star will be repaired immediately, but requires several days of seasoning before it is polished. During that time, it will be covered to protect it.”
Someone put a Trump campaign sticker on the star after it was destroyed.
Any star stolen of severely damaged is replaced, according to the chamber.
This is not the first time Trump’s star has been vandalized since he announced he was running for president, but it has never been so severely damaged until now.
Oct. 27, 3:15 p.m.: This story has been updated with the suspect’s booking information.
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