Esquire (Singapore) - - Cover Story -

ca­reer had just started to pick up when, at 32, he met his day of reck­on­ing in that near-lethal en­counter on Venice Beach. As he sat chained to a chair in the po­lice sta­tion and the third of July be­came the Fourth, he fi­nally had an epiphany.

“I knew if he didn’t wake up, I was go­ing to jail and my worst side would take over,” Bern­thal said of the man whose head he’d split open. “I prayed to what­ever is above that if he woke up, I’d change things, get mar­ried, have kids, and stop with the anger.”

The in­jured man did wake up, and wit­nesses came for­ward to say that he

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