There was a lot more to teenage Mark Wahlberg than Calvin Klein tighty whities and “Good Vibrations.”
He’s asking to be pardoned for the crimes committed in his youth and have the racially-driven charges expunged from his record — and now TMZ says it’s because he wants to handle a weapon as a law enforcement officer.
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In 1988, the father-of-four, then 16-years-old, knocked a Vietnamese man named Thanh Lam unconscious with a wooden stick while calling him “Vietnam f--king sh-t.” The same day, he hurled racial slurs and attacked another man, Hoa Trinh, with such force the man was permanently blinded in one eye.
The 43-year-old was charged with attempted murder and pleaded guilty to assault. Though he was sentenced to two years behind bars, he only served 45 days of his sentence.
Marky Mark in 1991 — he shot to fame just a few years after his convictions. Photo courtesy of Getty.
And unfortunately, the incident wasn’t isolated.
Two years prior, Mark and two friends were sued by the Massachusetts Attorney General, who alleged the then-14-year-old boys yelled racial slurs and threw rocks at schoolchildren.
During the incident, the actor and his friends reportedly noticed three black children walking home from school and proceeded to attack them, with one of the teens shouting, “We don’t like black n----rs in the neighborhood so get the f--k away from the area.”
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Now, Marky Mark is asking for forgiveness — and hoping we can forget anything ever happened.
“I am deeply sorry for the actions I took on the night of April 8, 1988, as well as any lasting damage that I may have since caused the victims,” the actor wrote in his pardon application.
“Since that time, I have dedicated myself to becoming a better person and citizen so that I can be a role model to my children and others.”
Mark and wife Rhea Durham pose with three of the couples’ four children. Photo courtesy of Getty.
TMZ says the action is being taken so Mark will be able to handle guns as a reserve officer with the LA police force, though his record as a felon leaves him ineligible to handle weaponry.
Sources say he first became interested in joining those who protect and serve with his on-screen portrayals of cops in ‘The Other Guys’ and ‘Max Payne’ among others.