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Man (52) charged with vandalising Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star

David Mercer

Published 18/11/2016 | 06:51

Barricades surround the location of the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star belonging to President Elect Donald Trump along Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles, California, November 14, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Barricades surround the location of the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star belonging to President Elect Donald Trump along Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles, California, November 14, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

A man has been charged with vandalising Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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James Otis, 52, is accused of using a pick axe and sledgehammer to smash the star on October 26 - two weeks before Mr Trump won the US presidential election.

Otis allegedly removed a brass medallion from the middle of the star during the attack, prosecutors said.

He is charged with one count of vandalism over $400 and faces up to three years in jail if convicted, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

President-elect Donald Trump
President-elect Donald Trump

Otis is due to appear in court at Foltz Criminal Justice Centre in Los Angeles on Friday, where bail will be recommended at $20,000.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

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