Man sentenced for smashing Trump's Hollywood star with ax

Evarado Alatorre
Noviembre 8, 2018

He will also have to pay the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce $9,404.46 for damages to the star and $800 in fines.

Over three months after Austin Clay proved the second guy to smash up the current President's little piece of Hollywood Boulevard, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge gave the no-contest pleading vandal a day in county jail and three year's probation.

Clay, 24, turned himself into police a day after pulling a pickax out of a guitar case and chopping away at Trump's star, leaving the sidewalk in pieces.

Austin Mikel Clay, 24, was handed a three-year formal probation sentence, as well as one day in county jail and 20 days of community labor after he pleaded to a "felony count of vandalism causing over $400 in damages", a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

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The DA's office charged Clay in August with one felony count of vandalism, and on Aug. 15, it tweeted that he'd pleaded not guilty.

Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Given not even a day in jail, the self-described activist was also ordered to pay $3,700 to the Hollywood Historic Trust and $700 to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to fix the damage done to Trump's star.

"I think it's important to take a stand against those we believe are fraudulent", Clay said. During Trump's presidential campaign, his star was spray-painted and surrounded by a 6-inch wall - a dig at his proposal to build a wall at the Mexico border - and smashed with both a sledgehammer and, yep, a pickax.

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