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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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josh wallace    

im sure that she deserved. silly drug addicts

1482 days ago


His mom gave him up early in life, he probably had a flash back cause she was talking non sense to him!!! not saying that gives him the right to do what he did but it's always two sides to a story. Society is always trying to catch a African american person who is successful messing up, its what they feed on!

1482 days ago

Mr. P    

"Was eventually arrested" tells me that he was not arrested at the scene which means she probably didn't have any signs of injuries when the police showed up. It also shows that she was spiteful enough to go get a warrant out for her own son's arrest. IMO, the charges will be dropped because it doesn't seem to be enough there. Note: You can't be arrested for tearing up your own stuff. You can punch all the holes in the wall and tear up all of the flat screens in your house and you will not be arrested.

This is what happens when you try to take care of family.

1482 days ago

johnny t    

bitch ass

1482 days ago


Come on now people......his mom is a KNOWN CRACK HEAD...... who's really believing this???? maybe he got out of hand, but i don't believe he hit her, sometimes throwing things helps with anger :)

1482 days ago

Jamela Williams    

If anyone really knows about the DRUG that they are talking about then you can only imagine the LIFE this Young Man has had!! And the problems he may be dealing with and Anybody Thinks Thats His Mommas House U Have 2 Be Stupid and she's on drugs like that and hes a WELL KNOWN SINGER OKAY,But as you read her statement you can see that he never really HIT HER I SAID AND SHE SAID HE DID NOT HIT HER AND PEOPLE JUST DONT KNOW HOW VIOLENT PEOPLE GET WHEN THEY CANT GET THAT FIX. REAL LIFE

1482 days ago

Mr Barcliff    

I am amazed at how racist Americans truly are. Also, Im tired of people who don't know who certain celebs are trying to minimize who they are because either your not hip enough or just square and never liked R&B doesn't mean they aren't stars to some people. Just because YOU don't know who they are doesn't mean there not famous. I only know the HUGE names in country music and I'm certain more stars exist and I'd never dis anyone based on me not knowing who they are. As for the racist comments, please STOP! If you don't like the person why comment on him/her and he's no gang banger, he's and R&B star. Stop calling ALL BLACKS rappers if you don't know who they are. That makes you L7 aka a square! Be respectful of these people and who they are. Mario's mom is on drugs and he doesnt live with her, she lives with HIM! He has money and is a big R&B star in the black community and was on Dancing with the Stars. He had a show on B.E.T about his LIFE and his mom's addiction and how he was helping HER. He may have caught her and is frustrated. I have a dope addicted mom and trust me, it's hard to get people clean and makes you do what you normally wouldn't! Hold Ya Head MARIO! L.G.N.M(Love.God.Not.Money)

1482 days ago


Damn shame...With his Chris Rock Lookin' azz....

1482 days ago


Real talk, unless you've had to take care of a friend or loved one addicted to drugs; then you couldn't possibly understand anything about Mario's situation. Not excusing his behavior, that's if he actually hit his mother. Drug addiction is very serious. Imagine if the mother you kiss everyday becomes addicted to drugs. Leaving the house for days, even weeks. Only to come back to beg you for money to get high. Stealing every thing in site to get high, selling her body to get high, etc etc. Looking like death walking. We all take so much for granted. My prayers go out to Mario and his family.

1482 days ago

I hate haters    

I hate when stupid mf always wanna put their 2 cents in **** and dont know ****!!!!!! Get a ****ing life

1482 days ago


I'm sorry but I feel bad for Mario. Having a drug addict for a mother all your life? I mean seriously he probably snapped. I honestly don't agree with him hitting his mom but I can only imagine how difficult it must have been for him as a child to live under those cir***stances and honestly this woman is probably lying. You can't trust a crackhead--heroin head whatever. Mario get rid of moms I don't care if she is your mother..she is selfish and doesn't care about her own son. All she is sees is dollar signs!!!

1482 days ago


maru mario openly expressed how he tried to get his mom off drugs and had her move in with him. Maybe he was trying to question or mad she got back into drugs and smash the house up out of rage >/

1482 days ago

shaine roddrick rowdy    

yes, it is sad to hear what happen but he lives with a person that has and addiction to (dog food)heroin addict

1482 days ago


i mean i feel like mother or not yhu shouldnt b hit'n no WOMEN period point blank.

1482 days ago


OMG but i think we need more intel to fully understand his reasoning.

1482 days ago
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