Man who allegedly took sledgehammer to Trump star arrested

HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — A man who admitted that he destroyed Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was arrested Thursday.

James Otis was taken into custody shortly before 8 a.m., according to LAPD Commanding Officer Cory Palka.

CBS2’s Kara Finnstrom reported Otis planned to hold a news conference with his lawyer at the site of Trump’s star before turning himself into authorities; however, he was arrested before being able to do so.

A video posted on Deadline Hollywood appears to show Otis smashing the star in the 6800 block of Hollywood Boulevard early Wednesday morning.

In the footage, a man dressed as a construction worker, repeatedly swinging a pick ax and a sledgehammer at the terrazzo to remove the brass star and letters.

Otis said he planned to auction off the pieces of the star to raise funds for the women who have recently accused Trump of sexually assaulting them.

According to police, the star itself is worth about $2,500, which makes the destruction that Otis allegedly caused a felony.

Trump received the star in 2007 while producing and starring in “The Apprentice.”

Repairs are currently underway. The refurbished star should be ready to be unveiled for a second time sometime next week.

CBS Los Angeles


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