The boozed-up wannabe Broadway actor who kicked his way into the famed Ed Sullivan Theater and thrashed the studio lobby "almost came to tears" when he realized what he had done and has no recollection of the bizarre incident, the New York Post reports.
James Whittemore, 22, of Manhattan, started drinking around midnight Saturday before winding up at Hurley's Saloon on West 48th Street -- a few blocks from the theater where funnyman David Letterman tapes his show.
"He was highly intoxicated and does not recall how he got there," said defense lawyer Eric Williams.
At his arraignment today, Whittemore did not enter a plea in Manhattan Supreme Court. Bail was set at $6,000 bond and $3,500 cash.
As of this afternoon, Whittemore had not yet posted bail.
The court-appointed lawyer said Whittemore may have been released "if it was a different theater."
Williams said his client feels horrible about the incident.
"He almost came to tears. He feels worse that he doesn't remember," he said.
Whittemore was caught on surveillance video urinating on one of the theater lobby's glass doors and then kicking through it, prosecutors said.
On the tape, Whittemore can be seen using a velvet-rope stanchion inside the lobby to smash the theater's other two glass doors. He eventually turned his wrath on an old box office, where he allegedly smashed a printer.
When cops ordered him to surrender, Whittemore crawled out of the theater and was taken into custody.
Williams called the destruction "random" and that the theater itself was not chosen as a target by his client.
Whittemore has been charged with burglary and criminal mischief.