The man who defaced Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has pleaded no contest, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday.
In exchange for his no contest plea, James Lambert Otis was sentenced to three years of formal probation.
Lambert, 53, who pleaded guilty of one count of felony vandalism, will also pay $3,700 to the Hollywood Historic Trust and $700 to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
He must also perform 20 days of Caltrans community service.
Otis faced a possible three years in prison if convicted.
Lambert was accused of taking a pick axe and sledgehammer to the star on Oct. 26, 2016. The district attorney’s office also said that Otis removed a brass medallion from the middle of the star, along with smashing it.
In October, after being arrested, Otis said that he wanted the case to go to trial, calling Trump — then a mere candidate for the U.S. presidency — a “serial liar” and “a misogynist.”
“Yes, I do hope it goes to trial,” Otis said. “That’s what happens when you do something wrong; there are consequences.”
“As well as [for] Mr. Trump,” he continued. “There are no consequences for him. He thinks he’s in charge all the time. He makes lies; he’s a serial liar, a misogynist.”