WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Austin Mikel Clay, the man who destroyed Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was sentenced to three years’ probation to a felony count of vandalism on Wednesday.
- On July 25, the 24-year-old fled after using a pickax to smash Trump’s star but later turned himself in.
- Clay was also sentenced to seek psychological counseling, pay nearly $10,000 to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and do community service.
The young man who smashed President Trump’s star on Hollywood Boulevard has been sentenced on Wednesday to three years’ probation following his no contest plea to vandalism, a felony count.
Austin Mikel Clay was also sentenced to attend psychological counseling and to perform community service. City News Service reports a judge also ordered the 24-year-old to pay more than $9,400 to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
According to Los Angeles police, Clay destroyed Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on July 25. Clay fled the scene after using a pickax to smash the sidewalk star but later turned himself in, authorities said.
The young man was arrested and booked for felony vandalism charges with a bail set at $20,000.
In August, Clay pleaded not guilty and told reporters that what he did was a “rightful and just act.” He addede that he wanted to “bring about positive political change” and didn’t agree with prosecutors who have charged him.
This was not the first time Trump’s star has been vandalized. In October 2016, a pickax, which was left behind at the scene, has also been used to smash the star. Clay is the second person to be charged with taking the same tool to the sidewalk star. It was immediately repaired both times.
The Hollywood star was presented to Trump by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce in recognition for his work on the reality TV show “The Apprentice.”
Source: USA Today