The first guy to take a pickaxe to Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame didn’t end up getting any jail time but the second guy might not be so fortunate.
Less than two weeks after an early morning attempt to destroy the former Celebrity Apprentice host’s piece of Hollywood Blvd, Austin Clay today was formally charged with a felony count of vandalism by the L.A. County District Attorney. Bail was set at $20,000 with an arraignment set for August 15. If found guilty, 24-year old Clay faces a maximum sentence of three years behind bars.
Having turned himself into the Beverly Hills Police a few hours after the July 25 3:30 AM assault on Trump’s star, Clay is currently out on the street since the incident thanks to the guy who smashed the now President’s star back on October 26, 2016. Jamie Otis, an heir to the Otis Elevator fortune, put up bail for Clay soon after the latter’s pickaxe attack of late last month.
Initially ragged over the legal and cultural coals for his mix of political protest and performance art, the then 53-year old Otis ended up serving no jail time after pleading no contest in L.A. Superior Court. Instead, the lawyered-up Otis on February 21, 2017 was handed three years of formal probation and 20 days of community work by the courts. The self-described activist was also ordered to pay $3,700 to the Hollywood Historic Trust and $700 to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for the quickly repaired damage he did to Trump’s star.
The damage that Clay did to the much-abused Trump star was also fixed within hours on July 25. While awaiting today’s charges, Clay and his PR reps have been peddling a self-described “exclusive interview” with the now accused vandal to various outlets with an expectation of financial compensation.
According to L.A. County D.A. Jackie Lacey’s office the LAPD, Hollywood Station continues to investigate Clay’s case.