An heir to the Otis Elevator Company fortune was sentenced this week after pleading no contest to vandalizing then-presidential candidate Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last year.
Months before more than 2 million protesters across the country marched the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, James Otis made headlines for a solo act of defiance.
Reports indicate he caused extensive damage to the monument with a pickax and sledgehammer, ultimately surrendering to police the next morning.
In addition to the damage, he also reportedly took a brass medallion from the landmark.
As a result of a plea deal, this week Otis received a three-year probated sentence along with 20 days of roadside labor and $4,400 in fines and restitution.
The high-profile crime was one of many acts of protest for which Otis has been arrested.
While he said the “act of civil disobedience” was “freedom of expression” in a media appearance shortly after the vandalism, he went on to admit what he did was illegal.
“I admitted I’ve broken the law,” he said. “I’ve vandalized, I’ve stolen, and now I’m going to go get my punishment.”
He claimed his motive was to auction the star and use the proceeds to help the women who had accused Trump of sexual assault.
Regardless of the consequences, Otis expressed pride in his destructive political statement.
“I did it, and I’m very happy I did it, and I’m proud that I did it,” he said.
Others, including local law enforcement, were less impressed with the stunt.
“This area has been identified as a California historical landmark location,” Los Angeles Police Capt. Cory Palka said of Trump’s star, “and we are looking at any additional penalties or charges that could be attached.
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