Mark Wahlberg has pleaded for the pardon of a hate crime he committed at just 16-years-old, but now he’s gotten the most important pardon of all — from the victim! We’ve got the EXCLUSIVE details on how Mark is moving forward with his life.
At 43 years old, Mark Wahlberg is still living with the consequences of his attack on a Vietnamese man during his teenage years. Now, 27 years later, the victim is speaking out for the first time, and we at HollywoodLife.com caught up with Mark at The Gambler premiere for an EXCLUSIVE interview on the mistakes of his past.
Mark Wahlberg Wants Hate Crime Pardon: “I’m Doing The Right Thing”
According to Mark, “It’s been a while since I’ve done anything scandalous”, but he still has an attempted murder charge on his record. As a teenager, the now famous actor punched Vietnamese-born Johnny Trinh in the face after fleeing from the attack of another Vietnamese man that he beat over the head with a wooden stick and called “a f****** Vietnamese s****”.
He was clearly very troubled as a teen, but he spent 45 days in jail for his crime and spoke with HollywoodLife.com exclusively about how he’s moving forward.
Some believe that Mark shouldn’t be pardoned for his crimes. However, he simply says, “I can’t control how they feel. I don’t think they understand the privilege to every side of it. I think if people understood the debt that I’ve paid back to society.. If people understood what it’s like to be a 16-year-old kid incarcerated in an adult prison at 5 foot 2 and 110 pounds, it’s not a nice place to be.”
He went on to add, “My concern is making sure that I can sleep at night and that I’m working hard to become a better person and I’ve been doing that for 20 something odd years, and I will continue to do that regardless. And I think the only reason why I’m in this situation is because I work really hard and I’m doing the right thing, and I’ve been very blessed. So it’s important for me to not forget about where I came from and to continue to give back.”
Mark Wahlberg’s Hate Crime Victim Forgives Him
We think it’s great that Mark is moving forward, but his victim has moved forward as well! For years Mark thought that he blinded the man, but he broke his silence to DailyMail and told them that he actually lost his eye in the Vietnam war while fighting alongside U.S soldiers.
He is also a supporter of Mark’s pardon, and told DailyMail, “He was young and reckless but I forgive him now. Everyone deserves another chance…I would like to see him get a pardon. He should not have the crime hanging over him any longer.”
If the victim himself can move forward, it looks like Mark might actually be deserving of a pardon after all. Do you think the crime should be taken off of his record? VOTE and let us know!
— Kindra Bailey