The police have arrested a man suspected of destroying Donald Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the man’s identity has not been released. He was arrested on a charge of felony vandalism.
On Wednesday, a man who identified himself as James Otis vandalized Donald Trump’s star in Los Angeles. It’s unclear whether the man in police custody is Otis.
Otis had said he was willing to face his punishment for the crime.
“I think I’ll have to handle the consequences of what I’ve done,” Otis told Deadline on Wednesday. “I will gladly pay the money if I have to, and if I must go to jail, I will.”
Deadline reported that vandalism carries a sentence of up to three years in jail and upward of $10,000 in fines in California. And the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which administers the Walk of Fame, has said it wants the guilty person punished to “the full extent of the law.”
“I’m happy to go to trial,” said Otis, who also said he planned to turn himself in to the Los Angeles Police Department.
At about 5:45 a.m. on Wednesday, the man who identified himself as Otis was seen on video using a sledgehammer and a pickax to destroy Trump’s star. He said he had hoped to be able to remove the star and auction it off to benefit the women who are accusing the Republican presidential nominee of sexual misconduct.
This isn’t the first time Trump’s star has been vandalized. In January, someone spray-painted a Nazi swastika on it.