Saturday 1 October 2016

Mark Wahlberg's request for pardon over teenage assaults dropped

Published 15/09/2016 | 21:06

Mark Wahlberg's bid for a pardon has been dropped (AP)
Mark Wahlberg's bid for a pardon has been dropped (AP)

Hollywood actor Mark Wahlberg has ended his bid for a pardon for assaults he committed as a teenager in Massachusetts.

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In 1988, a 16-year-old Wahlberg hit a Vietnamese man in the head with a stick while trying to steal alcohol and punched another in the face while trying to avoid police.

Wahlberg said he was high at the time. He served about 45 days in jail.

Wahlberg apologised and said he has dedicated himself to becoming a better person so he could be a role model and raised millions of dollars for charity.

His 2014 pardon application was met with sharp criticism.

A Massachusetts Parole Board spokesman said Wahlberg did not respond to a letter asking if he wished to keep his petition open, so the matter has been closed.

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