If you forgot that Mark Wahlberg faced assault charges in the ’80s… good. He wants everyone to forget.
The actor has said he long regrets his actions in the incident that happened on the night of April 8, 1988. Police say Wahlberg, then 16, tried to steal two cases of beer from Vietnamese man Thanh Lam, and then beat him with a 5-foot wooden pole and yelled racial slurs at him.
Wahlberg was charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon and possession of a controlled substance, and served 45 days of a 90-day sentence at the Deer Island House of Correction, the Boston Globe reports.
Now, Wahlberg has filed a petition with the Massachusetts Board of Pardons to have the conviction removed from his record.
“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,” Wahlberg said in his application.
The application also lays out Wahlberg’s charity work, including his roles in the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation and the Dorchester Boys and Girls Club.
“I have not engaged in philanthropic efforts in order to make people forget about my past,” he wrote. “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.”
According to the Boston Globe, the pardon would be helpful for Wahlberg’s family as they continue with plans to expand their restaurant chain, Wahlburger, to 27 new locations.
“Receiving a pardon would be a formal recognition that I am not the same person that I was on the night of April 8, 1988,” Wahlberg said in the application. “It would be formal recognition that someone like me can receive official public redemption if he devotes himself to personal improvement and a life of good works.”