Mark Wahlberg's criminal past resurfaced last week after he filed for a petition on November 28th to seek a pardon for a felony assault charge stemming from 1988, for which he served three months in prison. And now the Hollywood star wants to offer an apology to his victim.

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Wahlberg wants to meet the man he viciously assaulted

The incident occurred when Wahlberg was only 16 years-old, he was arrested for assaulting man his Dorchester, Mass., neighbourhood while attempting a robbery outside a convenience store. While under the influence of alcohol and drugs, the young Wahlberg attempted to steal two cases of liquor from the victim, hitting him over the head with a stick and then punching a second man as he escaped from police.

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Wahlberg has reportedly invited the man he struck, 59-year-old Johnny Trinh, and his family to visit him in Los Angeles so he can apologise in a face-to-face meeting, the Daily Mail reports.

"We have been told that Mr. Wahlberg wants to apologize in person and has offered to fly us to Los Angeles," Trinh's daughter Tammy Trinh, 21, reportedly said. "My father is meeting with his employer to see if he can get time off from work. It is very exciting."

Wahlberg reached out to Trinh after the Daily Mail published a story claiming he isn't against the 43-year-old actor's request for an official state pardon for the assault that occurred nearly three decades ago.

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The reason why Wahlberg suddenly filed for the pardon was so he can fulfil his desire to become a reserve officer for the LAPD. He can't currently apply for the position, which enables civilian volunteers to perform the duties of full-time police officers, because, according to the LAPD's website, reserve officers "must not have a history of criminal or improper personal conduct that may affect suitability for police work."

Wahlberg stated in the petition to the Massachusetts Parole Board that the pardon "would be formal recognition that someone like me can receive official public redemption if he devotes himself to personal improvement and a life of good works."

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Furthermore, the 'Gambler' actor has definitely turned his life around, as well as finding fame as a rapper-turned-actor, he has also founded several charitable organizations, including the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation.