Mark Wahlberg, who struck a Vietnamese man in the head with a stick and punched another in 1988, is seeking a pardon for his crimes – but his former bodyguard Leonard Taylor – who separately claimed Wahlberg assaulted him in 2001 – argues he doesn’t deserve clemency.
Taylor reflected: ”He hasn’t changed his ways, he just has money now where he can cover it up. You can take Mark out of the trailer park, but you can’t take the trailer park out of Mark.” Taylor claimed in his civil law suit that the actor, now 43, punched him in the face and bit his arm, though he later dropped the case. Despite this, he maintains that the Pain & Gain star still has a fierce temper.
He told the New York Post‘s Page Six column: ”Mark liked to say things I think are inappropriate. One minute he’s laughing, the next he’s looking at you with the evil eye. He goes from hot to cold real quick. There is no middle ground with him.”
Last week, Johnny Trinh, who was assaulted by the actor in 1988, said he would like to see him given a pardon. He explained: ”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.”