Man admits vandalizing Trump's Walk of Fame star in Los Angeles

By REUTERS
October 28, 2016 06:07

A man arrested on Thursday for defacing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles with a sledgehammer and a pickax said he did it because he was angry at the candidate.

James Otis, 52, speaking to reporters a short time after he was released from jail on $20,000 bail, also said he did it to show support for women who have accused Trump of groping them.Otis was arrested for felony vandalism and is due in court on Nov. 18, authorities said.

His attack on Wednesday on the star, which Donald Trump received in 2007 for starring in the NBC show "The Apprentice," made national headlines.

Otis was captured on video in a hard hat and reflective vest as he hacked at the star before dawn on a sidewalk in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Hollywood.

The stunt left Trump's name scratched out of the star, the emblem in the middle dislodged and chips missing.


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