The man who admitted that he took a pickax and smashed President Donald Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star said he “did a real good act” and has heard from Hollywood praising him for it.
“I just felt really passionate because of what happened with the immigrants and him [Trump] stripping children away from their parents,” Austin Clay told TMZ Thursday after being released from jail. “And that just sort of set me off.”
“I think Donald Trump represents everything that everybody with half a brain and half a heart in this country resents,” he added.
Later, he explained that he didn’t “resent doing it” and has even got some backing from celebrities like Robert De Niro and Chelsea Handler who reached out to him.
“Robert De Niro left me a voice message,” Clay shared. “He wanted to say…he wanted to give me a high-five. Chelsea Handler (who wanted to know if he was single), Mark Hamill.”
“I think I did, like, a real good act,” he added. “Personally, I don’t feel resentful. I feel proud of myself.”
Clay was arrested on Wednesday after turning himself into authorities. The former Trump star vandal, James Otis — who took a pickax to Trump’s star in 2016–pledged to pay his $20, 000 bail. But the latest star smasher told the outlet that he was released this morning and Otis wasn’t the person to come up with the cash. However, he didn’t offer up the name of the person or people who did.
As for the star, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said it will cost $3,000 to replace and they plan to come after Clay to cover the cost.