James Otis, a millionaire activist, could be facing up to three years in prison for smashing President-elect Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.
Otis, 52, used a sledgehammer and pickax to destroy Trump’s star on Oct. 27, the Daily Mail reported. He was charged on Nov. 17 with felony vandalism, a crime punishable up to three years in prison or a fine of $10,000.
The self-described “nonviolent activist” made bail. It is unclear if he has an attorney. He said he destroyed the star in protest of Trump’s treatment of women.
Otis explained that his original plan was to steal the star, sell it and then use the money to give to the 11 women who accused Trump of sexually assaulting them.
Trump had earned the star in 2007 for his work on the reality television show “The Apprentice.” The star has since been repaired.
Otis, who is the heir to the Otis Elevator Company fortune, reportedly said he would be happy to pay for the repairs. He has been arrested 25 times before for his nonviolent activism. He made headlines in 2009 when he stole a collection of Indian political leader Mahatma Gandhi’s possessions and sold it to Vijay Mallya, the owner of Indian beer company Kingfisher, for $1.8 million, The New York Times reported.
Sources: Daily Mail, The New York Times / Photo credit: KTLA, Jamie Moreno/KTLA