Actor and producer Mark Wahlberg, whose television resume includes an impressive run as executive producer on the HBO series “Entourage,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “Ballers,” has been trying for a couple of years to clear up some business that goes back to his teens. But the AP reports that Wahlberg has given up his effort to gain a pardon for assaults that are on his record from his teen years in Massachusetts.
“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,” the AP reports. “Wahlberg said he was high at the time. He served about 45 days in jail.”
Wahlberg later apologized, and has said he’s dedicated to being a better person, including becoming a role model and working to raise money for charity.
In 2014 he applied for a pardon for the assaults, a move that drew criticism.
“A Massachusetts Parole Board spokesman said Thursday that Wahlberg didn’t respond to a letter asking if he wished to keep his petition open, so the matter has been closed,” the AP reports. “Wahlberg, now 45, told reporters at the Toronto Film Festival this week that he regrets asking for the pardon, but he’s grateful that the process allowed him to meet and apologize to one of his victims.”