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Singer Mario Arrested -- Allegedly Attacked Mother

10/1/2010 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mario -- the platinum-selling R&B singer -- was arrested in Baltimore this morning for allegedly assaulting his own mother in an apartment they share.

Mario arrested.

According to police, Mario's mother Shawntia Hardaway -- a former heroin addict -- told cops the former "Dancing with the Stars" contestant had been "throwing and damaging property" ... and pushed her around with his hands and forearms.

Cops say they found several broken items inside the apartment -- including a broken china cabinet, a busted mirror and a hole in the closet door.

Mario's mother also told police the 24-year-old singer had attacked her earlier in the week -- in which he pushed her "eight feet into a living room wall, where Ms. Hardaway hit her head on the wall."

Mario -- real name Mario Dewar Barrett -- was eventually arrested this morning for 2nd degree assault. He was released on $50,000 bond.
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Donna    

He lives with his mother?! Ahahahahahahahahaha!

*First*

1426 days ago
2.

La La Land    

He got mad that his mom found his porn stash under his bed. Thats why he was acting like that.

1426 days ago
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La La Land    

He was upset that his mom found gay magazines in his room

1426 days ago
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kristina    

What a loser!

1426 days ago
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Ms SHY Town    

What does her former drug addiction have to do with her son putting his hands on her!! Your bogus for even mentioning it!! Any child who will put their hands on their MOTHER, has a special place in h e l l waiting for them. It's getting hot in here. thought he was better than that. Please, not another Chris Brown situation!! Hey, a side note, in your office, is that a picture of Al Sharpton i a tutu??

1426 days ago
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iamsuperdan    

Who? never heard of him.

1426 days ago
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Mike    

Obviously you clowns don't know anything about this dude. He has been taking care of his Mom for quite some time due to her drug problems. She probably relapsed and he found her stash. Though I can't get with the laying hands on her (IF he did)...I can see where he would go off and smash up sh*t!!

1426 days ago
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njneere    

Who gives a flying fuzuck about a wannabe gang bangin' jackass who lives with his mommy? Throw the punk in jail and let him rot.

1426 days ago
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mary    

Mario seems to be a good kid, in the interviews I have seen. I think the previous poster Mike is right. He has talked about his mother's addiction and has tried to get her off drugs. I doubt he lives with her; probably visited and found her highed up. He probably tried to toss her stash and she resisted. probably tussled with her but I doubt he really hit/assaulted her.

1426 days ago
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Leigh Ann    

She's a former heroin addict according to this article. So she might be his mother but she has to have been the WORST kind of mother ever. I'm suspect she is doing drugs, sending him into a rage after all he has tried to do for her. In addition how could not resent a mother that cared more about drugs than her own child?

1426 days ago
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BIGHECTIC/STKN,CA    

Oh most def it was his mom, i mean i dont condone laying hands on women but i would put money on it that she was still messing with drugs!! not that it was right what he done but i think she drove him to that point. If you remember that reality show he had with his mom where he was trying to get her off heroin that all of a sudden just stopped showing was due to her not being able to quit. Obviously if he was living with her then how would he afford to bail himself out for 50,000 dollars????

1426 days ago
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sam    

See guys like this give all rappers a bad name. They rap because that music sucks and they do not have the voices to sing and they are thugs

1426 days ago
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oBAMa    

Where was his dad while all of this pushing is going on...?

1426 days ago
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Sassy    

Sam, Mario isn't a rapper. All Black artists aren't rappers, you know! He's a singer.

Anyway, I am shocked. Most times, certain people arrested do not shock me at all. But Mario?! This is just sad. He's one of the good ones!

1426 days ago
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ANNE    

POOR KID HAS A DOPE FEEN AS A MOM...HE PROBBLY DIDNT GIVE MONEY FOR HER HIT AND PULLED THIS BULL****. GREAT ARTIST IF ONLY HE HAD A GOOD SUPPORT SYSTEM...

1426 days ago
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