Which celebrities have famously gotten away with serious crimes?
Answered by: Ken Miyamoto,Produced screenwriter, former Sony Pictures script reader/story analyst, former Sony Studios liaison
In 1986, 15-year-old Wahlberg and three of his friends chased three black children and hitting them with rocks while yelling, “Kill the n*****s”. An ambulance driver intervened.
Believe it or not, the following day, Wahlberg harrassed another group of mostly black children at the beach. It’s reported that he gathered other white males and racially abused them while throwing rocks.
In 1988, Wahlberg attacked two Vietnamese men while high on the drug PCP.
Wahlberg reportedly called one of them a “Vietnam f***ing s***”, knocked him unconscious with a five-foot wooden stick, and punched another Vietnamese man, army veteran Johnny Trinh, in the eye later that day. According to police reports, officers stated that Wahlberg used racist slurs to describe both of the Vietnamese men.
For the first incidents, Wahlberg was found guilty of violating the civil rights of his victims, with a civil rights injunction being issued against him and two of his friends. The case settled the next month.
For attacking the two Vietnamese men, Wahlberg was charged with attempted murder. He pleaded guilty to felony assault, blaming intoxication. He said the attacks weren’t race related.
However, because of his previous civil rights injunction prohibiting him from assaulting, threatening or intimidating anyone because of race or nationality, Wahlberg was found to be in contempt of court and was sentenced to a two year prison sentence.
He only served 45 days.
In 2014, Wahlberg requested a pardon. He wrote, “ I am deeply sorry for the actions that I took on the night of April 8, 1988, as well as for any lasting damage that I may have caused the victims… 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 dropped his request in 2016.
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