USA Today reports:
The man accused of smashing President Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a pickax called it a “rightful and just act” after a court hearing Wednesday. Austin Clay, 24, pleaded not guilty to a felony vandalism charge in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
He is the second man charged recently with taking a pickaxe to Trump’s sidewalk star: the same tool was used in a similar incident in October 2016 and was left behind at the scene.
Police and prosecutors in Los Angeles say Clay used a pickax to destroy Trump’s star on Hollywood Boulevard on July 25. Clay said he thinks the “repercussions of it were only positive.” Clay is due back in court on Sept. 21. If convicted on one count of vandalism, he faces up to three years in jail.