Man Faces Felony Charge in Smashing of Trump's Hollywood Star

The Hollywood Walk of Fame star of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is repaired after it was vandalized by a protester on Oct. 26, 2016, in Hollywood, California. (David McNew/Getty Images)

A man who used a pickaxe and a sledgehammer to smash Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was charged with felony vandalism, authorities say.

James Otis, 52, faces a maximum of three years in jail or a $10,000 fine, Los Angeles prosecutors said Thursday.

Otis destroyed Trump's star in the predawn hours of Oct. 27, police said. He was arrested soon after.

Otis, who is free on bail and scheduled to be arraigned on Friday, could not immediately be reached for comment. It's unclear if he has an attorney.

The star, bestowed on Trump in 2007 for his work on the reality show "The Apprentice," has since been repaired.

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Otis said at the time that he smashed the star in protest of Trump's treatment of women and had initially planned to steal the star, sell it and give the money to the 11 women who had said Trump groped them.

He said he would be happy to pay for the repairs.

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