The previous vandal posted a hefty $20k to get the current one out of jail
Donald Trump has a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, for some reason - guess it’s because of The Apprentice - so he takes pride of place amongst other deserved stars like Jack Nicholson and Robert De Niro. As such, some people aren’t happy about this. Many people aren’t happy about Trump full stop, in case you didn’t know. He’s not that popular, it turns out.
So what one bloke did - a Mr. Austin Clay - was smash up his star with a big pickaxe:
Funny that. Vandalism, sure, but quite funny.
Anyway, the bloke handed himself in afterwards and went to jail. Then, out of nowhere his hefty $20k bail bond was posted, and he was released - but which knight in shining armour came to his rescue? Well, it came from the man that smashed up the star last time.
Yep, James Otis, who also pickaxed the floor back in 2016, heard about what Clay had done, and let him out of prison - honour amongst pickaxe vandals. Top stuff.
Clay is not off the hook however and received a very similar punishment to Otis before him: three years probation, 20 days’ worth of community service and a bill for $4,400 (£3,300) to replace the star.
Otis originally described how he bonked the star back in 2016:
“It was very difficult. The stone was like marble, hard to get through. It would have taken an hour.
“I’d like to try to go back and try to get the other part of the star. I just don’t know how to do that yet.
“Upon reflection after my arrest, I had said I was proud and felt very good about destroying Mr. Trump’s star. However, now I realize I was wrong, that I shouldn’t have done it.”
Come on though, his recent bail-posting actions probably disprove that last statement - this bloke was pretty pleased that he did it, you absolutely know it. So is Clay, probably - two very smug star-smashers there, rightly justified.
So yeah, now that it’s all cleared up, there’s only one thing left to do - guarantee that this happens: