Mark Wahlberg may be one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, but let’s face it, he can be kind of annoying. Remember when he said he would have stopped a plane from going down on 9/11 if only he’d been on it? But now he’s really getting people riled up by seeking a pardon for a violent crime he committed 26 years ago, when he was 16. Wahlberg attacked a Vietnamese immigrant and brutally beat him. It was also thought that he blinded him. Should he really just get a pass because the crime happened so long ago and he’s now famous?
The UK’s Daily Mail Online tracked down the man that Wahlberg beat; his name is Johnny Trinh. And Trinh, who is now 59, has some very surprising things to say about his famous attacker.
For one, Trinh had absolutely no idea his attacker went on to become famous, nor did he know his name was Mark Wahlberg. Wahlberg had pleaded guilty to the charges, meaning that Trinh did not have to testify. The former Marky Mark was sentenced to two years in prison, but shockingly, he only ended up serving 45 days of that!
Trinh also cleared something else up — he says that Wahlberg never blinded him. In fact, he says he lost an eye during the Vietnam War and that his blindness had nothing to do with Wahlberg’s attack. He told the Daily Mail Online:
To be honest I have not really thought about it very much. I have just got on with my life with my family. Time moves on and it is something I have not dwelled on too much.
He said he never even told his wife or children about the attack.
And the MOST surprising part? Trinh is totally behind Wahlberg being pardoned. He said:
It is only right that he get the pardon. It was over 25 years ago and that is a lot of time … 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 … He paid for his crime when he went to prison. I am not saying that it did not hurt when he punched me in the face, but it was a long time ago. He has grown up now. I am sure he has his own family and is a responsible man.
No matter how you might feel about Wahlberg (Boogie Nights, good! Transformers, bad!), you have to admit he is not the same person he was at 16. Not only is he a movie star, but he founded theMark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, which helps teens in danger of becoming what he was at that age.
Sure, maybe he wants the pardon for personal gain (he is reportedly founding a chain of restaurants and could apply for licenses he couldn’t otherwise if he’s pardoned). But who cares about the motive? It probably never occurred to him to ask for a pardon before now.
He was 16! He’s always been honest about what a douche he used to be. The fact that he managed to turn it all around is pretty amazing and should be rewarded.
Perhaps he could even reach out to Trinh and offer some personal compensation since the man says he is struggling financially. Or maybe offer him a job at his new restaurant chain. Trinh sounds like a really good guy!
Do you think Wahlberg should be pardoned?