Man Arrested for Taking Sledgehammer to Trump’s Walk of Fame Star

Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame after it was vandalized / AP
• October 27, 2016 3:54 pm


The man who earlier this week vandalized Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a sledgehammer was arrested Thursday in Los Angeles.

The individual, who identified himself to local media as James Lambert Otis, had destroyed Trump's star early Wednesday morning with the intention of auctioning off the star to raise money for the women who have accused the Republican nominee of sexual assault. Trump has denied any allegations of sexual misconduct.

Otis wore a hard hat and reflective vest while hacking at the star on Wednesday in a busy area across the street from where Jimmy Kimmel Live is filmed. Police usually patrol the area.

He was arrested for felony vandalism and was sent to Men's Central Jail, Los Angeles police told Reuters.

Otis was ultimately unsuccessful in removing the star but did scratch out Trump's name and did considerable damage.


This is not the first time Trump's star, which was dedicated to him in 2007 for his work on the Apprentice, has made headlines. Back in July, an artist built a small wall around it to symbolize the wall that Trump wants to build on the southern border with Mexico.

It was a 15-centimeter high cement wall that was topped with barbed wires and American flags. The art piece was later removed.

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