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Mark Wahlberg Requests a Pardon for Beating a Man in 1988

Mark Wahlberg Requests a Pardon for Beating a Man in 1988

Mark Wahlberg looks super muscular while getting into character for Daddy’s Home on Friday afternoon (December 5) in Boston, MA.

The 43-year-old actor was joined on set by his co-star Will Ferrell to film a few scenes.

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Recently, it was revealed that Mark has filed a request with the Massachusetts Board of Pardons to be pardoned from various crimes — including the 1988 incident where he beat a man until he had injuries so bad that he lost vision in one eye.

“I am deeply sorry for the actions that I took… as well as for any lasting damage that I may have caused the citizens,” he wrote in his application that was obtained by ABC News. “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 continued saying: “I have not engaged in philanthropic efforts in order to make people forget about my past. To the contrary, I want people to remember my past so that I can serve as an example of how lives can be turned around and how people can be redeemed.”

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  • Pixie

    Hate to say this because i believe on forgivenesss, but NO he should not get a pardon, he took someones vison, assaulted someone, if he were a regular joe they probably would not pardon him it would stay on his record. He has money and a successful career, mark needs to get over it. Now that he has children hes probably embarrassed.

  • Sandy McFarlane

    I dont think he should get a pardon. He literally blinded a guy who he simply attacked for being vietnamese, I don’t think a racist hate crime like that should ever be excused, however long ago it happened. Fuck Mark Wahlberg

  • Danny

    The court documents revealed that 16-year-old Wahlberg first attacked a Vietnamese man in the head for his two cases of beers, with a 2×4. He then ran away, and upon finding a different Vietnamese man, Wahlberg put his arm around him, and asked him to help him hide from the police. Right after, Wahlberg hit this second Vietnamese man so hard, he blinded him in one eye. Wahlberg had also yelled racial slurs at both of the two Vietnamese men after he attacked them. Keep in mind, Wahlberg didn’t even have a reason to attack the second man (who he blinded). He wasn’t stealing from the man, he simply attacked him because he was Vietnamese. He states that he was high on weed at the time. Even though he was 16 years old when did committed these crimes, he was charged as an adult, because they were so heinous. Years after this happened, in an interview, the interviewer asked him if he felt remorseful for what he did: he said that he no longer feels any guilt when he sleeps at night because he’s improved his own life. To this day, he has not apologized, or tried to make amends in any way, to either victim. Despite the fact that one of them is still blind in one eye because of Wahlberg!

    One of the other crimes he committed as a youth include attacking a group of black elementary school kids, yelling racial slurs at them, and threw rocks at them. Keep in mind he was MUCH older than these little elementary-school-aged children, he was 15 at the time! He also sucker punched his neighbor once, and broke his jaw.

    I understand everybody makes mistakes when they are young, but these are past the typical, simple mistakes people usually make as dumb teens. These are violent hate crimes, many of which were directed towards those who are weaker/could not defend themselves (sucker punch, little kids). I also can’t sympathize with the fact that he grew up in a racist family, because his brother Donnie never resorted to racist, violent attacks in his youth.

    He’s a liar, if he was truly “deeply sorry” for what he had done, at the very least, he would’ve apologized to his victims. Also, with his $200 million net worth, how hard could it possibly be to try to help the man he blinded? He should never be granted a pardon for these heinous crimes.

    After finding out about these crimes, and that he’s done plenty of others, I don’t think I can ever buy another movie ticket, or stream a Mark Wahlberg film on Netflix ever again.

  • DEADP00L

    Damage you MAY have caused?!

    You BLINDED an innocent man for LIFE after YOU attacked HIM – for being a Vietnamese.

    No you do NOT get a pardon.

    Good lord. Just another example of the system being corrupt as hell. Just imagine if a non-celebrity pulled this – he’d have been shot.

    Turned his life around – so what?

    You do not do that to anyone and get a pardon. You have your freedom, your WEALTH, even though you almost killed a man.

    Chutzpa. What a putz.

    Totally boycotting this douche now. Asking for a pardon is just too gross to stomach.

  • Mrs_Blonde

    Wow, never knew that. I was never a fan and now even less, screw him, he shouldn’t get a pardon.

  • Jilli

    Even if he gets a pardon because he’s rich and famous, nobody lives forever and he will have to answer for the pain he caused people in his afterlife. I believe that 100%.

  • Pepperona

    Don’t be fooled. From what I’ve read, this thug wanted to open up a restaurant business in California but couldn’t because his criminal record was in his way. His intentions are based on greed, not remorse.

    The only reason he “turned his life around” was because his brother broke out as a pop star and somewhere along the way, some buffoon noticed him and thought he would look good without much clothing on. If that never happened, this criminal would probably have been serving jail time for something else.

    I’ve never gotten the appeal about him, Marky Mark or otherwise. He’s always looked like an ogre to me, then and now.

  • Legendary Trolly

    I felt that he changed so much that he should get a pardon, but after reading the comments you all are right. He caused some serious damage and he should live with it.

  • drainbreath

    By age 13, Wahlberg had developed an addiction to cocaine and other substances.At 15, civil action was filed against Wahlberg for his involvement in two separate incidents of harassing African-American children (the first were siblings, and the second incident was a group of black school children on a field trip), by throwing rocks and shouting racial epithets. At 16, Wahlberg approached a middle-aged Vietnamese man named Thanh Lam on the street and, using a large wooden stick, knocked him unconscious while calling him “Vietnam f*****gshit”.That same day, using another wooden stick, Wahlberg also attacked a second Vietnamese man named Hoa Trinh, striking him in the face with such force that it left him permanently blind in one eye. In this fight he called his victim a “gook” and “slant eye.” He served 45 days of his sentence.

  • suzybel

    Mark has done a complete turn-around with his life. Kudos for that, but how do you pardon someone’s crime? If he did the crime and paid the time then it’s done, but you can’t erase or “pardon” the incident.

  • NRW

    I knew he was a punk in his teens, but never knew everything he did. Due to the fact that he never mad it right with them, he does not deserve a pardon. I’m in shock and heartbroken because I never knew he was THAT bad. Don’t think I can watch any of his movies now. Makes you wonder if he is still a racist.

  • SamB

    There’s a petition AGAINST the pardon on If you’d like to lend your support, here it is: