One of the men Mark Wahlberg attacked during his troubled youth has voiced his support for the actor as he attempts to persuade Massachusetts lawmakers to wipe the assault charge from his record, insisting he "deserves another chance".

The Transformers: Age of Extinction star spent 45 days in jail for beating up two Vietnamese men in separate incidents in his hometown of Dorchester, Massachusetts when he was 16.

He recently filed a petition with officials at the state Board of Pardons asking for the 1988 felony charges to be removed from his record, arguing he is "not the same person" anymore.

Wahlberg has since expanded on the reasons for his appeal and claims his star status has nothing to do with the move, saying, "I've been working very hard to correct a lot of mistakes that I made since the day that I woke up and realised, 'You know what? I need to be a leader instead of a follower.'

"In no way shape or form was I trying to use my celebrity or success to say, 'Well, I feel entitled to get this because of the fame and fortune.' Every day I wake up trying to be the best person I can be... I've worked really hard to be a positive influence for kids growing up in communities like mine who don't really have a chance, and try to provide an opportunity for them to be more successful and that's why I'm doing it."

His appeal has angered members of the Asian-American human rights group 18 Million Rising, who have launched a petition online appealing to Massachusetts state officials to deny Wahlberg's request.

However, one of his victims, Johnny Trinh, has now spoken out about the attack for the first time, claiming reports alleging Wahlberg poked his eye out in the altercation are false, because it was an old injury sustained while fighting U.S. forces in the Vietnam War.

He tells Britain's, "I was not blinded by Mark Wahlberg. He did hurt me, but my left eye was already gone. He was not responsible for that."

Trinh, who had no idea his attacker went on to become a big movie star, also lent his backing to Wahlberg's pardon request, adding, "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."