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December 5th, 2014
06:27 PM ET

Why is Mark Wahlberg petitioning for a pardon?

(CNN) – Before he just played one in the movies, Mark Wahlberg was a criminal in real life. In 1988, when he was 16 years old, he assaulted two men while high on drugs and alcohol.

He beat one so badly, the victim was left blinded in one eye, according to ABC News.

The sentencing memorandum notes Wahlberg also made racial slurs during and after the attack. After pleading guilty, Wahlberg served 45 days for the crime.

Now 43 and a father of four, the successful rapper-turned-actor-turned-media mogul says he is a different man, and is asking for an official pardon for his past crime.

"I am deeply sorry for the actions that I took on the night of April 8, 1988, as well as for any lasting damage 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," read Wahlberg's formal application to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The actor's criminal record can stand in the way of his getting the proper licensing as he and his brother try to grow their restaurant business: Wahlburgers. The company announced just yesterday that it plans to open 27 new restaurants.

How much of this petition is because he doesn't want this on his record, and how much of this is because he wants to grow this restaurant chain?

TheWrap.com's editor in chief Sharon Waxman weighs in, in the video above.

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