Sometime in the middle of the night on July 25, President Donald Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star was vandalized. Authorities believe the suspect likely utilized a pickax to cause maximum damage to the star which ultimately was left in ruin after being attacked.
Police have identified the primary suspect as Austin Clay. The 24-year-old has been arrested, and construction workers have already refurbished and fixed the star. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the suspect voluntarily arrived at the station about an hour after the attack and admitted to defacing the star. He was charged with suspicion of felony vandalism, and bail was set at $20,000.
This isn’t the first time that a citizen has attacked Trump’s Hollywood star. Back in October of 2016, James Otis was filmed destroying the star with a pickax. He was later arrested and admitted to vandalizing the star. He publicly stated that his goal in destroying the star was to bring publicity to victims of sexual assault by committing the peaceful act of civil disobedience. Otis ultimately was charged with felony vandalism. He was ordered to remain on probation for three years, serve 20 days of community service and pay a $3,700 fine to the Hollywood Historic Trust.
Again in 2016, one artist used the star to draw attention to Trump’s border wall policy. He erected a small wall around the star and hung “Keep out” signs around the star. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has stated that they hope citizens will stop projecting their anger on the California State landmark.