Suspect who allegedly smashed Trump's Hollywood star says consequences were ‘only positive’

Suspect who allegedly smashed Trump's Hollywood star says consequences were ‘only positive’
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The suspect who allegedly vandalized President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? MORE's Hollywood Walk of Fame star in July said he believes the consequences were "only positive."

Austin Clay told reporters after being charged with felony vandalism on Wednesday that he wants to "bring about positive political change" and thinks the "repercussions of it were only positive," the Associated Press reported.

"When I look at the lineage of presidents, I don't think anything about his rhetoric is presidential," Clay said, according to NBC Washington. "There was urgency behind my actions. I feel like I've been called to do what I did." 

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Clay pleaded not guilty to the charges in Los Angeles. He could face up to three years in jail, if convicted.

Clay reported the crime and turned himself in to Beverly Hills police department one hour after he left the pickaxe at the scene.

His attorneys on Wednesday said he does not deny that he smashed the star, the outlet reported.

"There's been no dispute about the act," attorney David Pourshalimi said. "We dispute whether or not his actions were criminal."

James Otis, a man who previously vandalized Trump's star with a sledgehammer in 2016. Otis pleaded no contest to felony vandalism in February 2017. He was sentenced to three years probation, 20 days of community service and payment of $4,400 for damaging the star.

Trump's star has been a site of contention since his election election.

Two brawls have reportedly broken out between Trump supporters and detractors at the star in recent months, and videos of two different men destroying the star have circulated.