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This combination photo shows Donald Trump, producer of NBC's "The Apprentice," posing at a ceremony honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on Jan. 16, 2007, left, and Trump's star after it was vandalized on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Los Angeles police say a pickax was used in the vandalism. (AP Photo)

Smashing Trump's Hollywood star with an ax earns man 3 years' probation

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who smashed Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been sentenced to three years' probation after pleading no contest to a felony count of vandalism.

City News Service reports a judge also sentenced 24-year-old Austin Mikel Clay on Wednesday to attend psychological counseling and pay more than $9,400 to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. He must also perform community service.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce says it will consider removing Trump’s star from Walk of Fame

Clay took a pickax to Trump's star on Hollywood Boulevard in July. The star recognizes Trump for his work on the TV show "The Apprentice." It was quickly repaired.

After he pleaded not guilty in August, Clay told reporters the vandalism was a "rightful and just act." He said he wanted to "bring about positive political change" and didn't believe prosecutors should have charged him.

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