The guy who vandalized Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has reached a plea deal in the case and has to pay nearly $10,000 for the damage he caused.
Austin Clay was in court on Wednesday where he pled no contest to felony vandalism. He was sentenced to three years of probation, one day in county jail and 20 days of community labor.
In addition, Clay was ordered to pay the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce $9,404.46 to pay for the star and another $800 in fines.
LAPD officers responded around at 3:30 AM on July 25 after reports of a man ripping up Trump’s star with a pickaxe. Shortly after, Clay turned himself into the Beverly Hills Police Department.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is in charge of maintaining and fixing the stars along Hollywood Blvd, and they’ve been busy the past couple of years. Trump’s star has been the target of many attacks, including one guy who destroyed it with a sledgehammer.
“When people are unhappy with one of our honorees, we would hope that they would project their anger in more positive ways than to vandalize a California State landmark,” they said in a statement at the time of the incident. “Our democracy is based on respect for the law. People can make a difference by voting and not destroying public property.”