Rapper Marky Mark Settles Lawsuit, Escapes Criminal Charges
BOSTON (AP) _ Marky Mark avoided a criminal trial Monday by settling a civil lawsuit filed by a man who says the rap singer-model broke his jaw.
Assistant District Attorney Amy Machtum asked that assault charges be dismissed because Mark’s accuser, Robert D. Crehan, was satisfied with the settlement and didn’t want to pursue the case any further.
Marky Mark, the stage name for Mark Wahlberg, had been scheduled to face trial Monday. He arrived in court, where some fans were waiting, but Crehan’s attorney announced the settlement before the proceedings began.
Crehan claimed that Wahlberg kicked him while another man held him down last Aug. 30. The other man, Derek McCall, also was charged, but the case against him was dismissed as part of the settlement.
Crehan’s lawyer, Marc Breakstone, declined to specify the size of the settlement.
Wahlberg made no comment. His attorney, Oliver Mitchell, insisted the fight began when another person who was with Crehan directed a racial slur at McCall, who is black.
Wahlberg, popular with young music fans, models Calvin Klein underwear in advertisements. He is the brother of Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids on the Block.
Earlier this year, activist groups charged he had demonstrated bigoted behavior.
Wahlberg apologized, admitting he used racist language when he harassed a group of black students in 1986 and when he assaulted two Vietnamese men over a case of beer in 1988. He served 45 days of a 90-day jail sentence in the latter attack. He said he was drunk both times.