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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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Adidas     

If no one has ever seen the TV show which shows his would understand why he did what he did. His mother is a drug user, she takes money from him and she lives with him because he wanted to get her off the drugs. It's no different from Christan Bale when he attacked his mother and sister because of money and etc. I think he tried to help his mother but drugs was her biggest hill in life and sometimes you can't save people who don't want to be saved. So please look up the MTV story of Mario and then take a look at the story. If you want to understand the man and understand why he did what he did, then watch it. Thanks

1452 days ago
17.

ASH    

He's not a rapper, he IS a singer.

Also, his mothers former drug addiction does have an affect on things. The scripture says honor thy mother and father...BUT it ALSO says do no provoke your child into wrath!

1452 days ago
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Adidas     

If no one has ever seen the TV show which shows his would understand why he did what he did. His mother is a drug user, she takes money from him and she lives with him because he wanted to get her off the drugs. It's no different from Christan Bale when he attacked his mother and sister because of money and etc. I think he tried to help his mother but drugs was her biggest hill in life and sometimes you can't save people who don't want to be saved. So please look up the MTV story of Mario and then take a look at the story. If you want to understand the man and understand why he did what he did, then watch it. Thanks

1452 days ago
19.

Sassy    

I think in time we'll get more details. We need BOTH sides of the story before jumping to conclusions. For all we know, he was shoving her off of himself in self-defense! Who knows? People will lie on their own family. I sure hope he wasn't battering his mom. Please no, Mario.

1452 days ago
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sharon    

TMZ, if you gonna reference her drug habit, then tell the whole story. Mario has been trying to get her to quit and he has been taking care of her. Like Mike (poster # 7) said, she probably got mad when he found the secret stash and got rid of it. Druggies usually get violent when you throw their stash away.
Why didn't she report the first attack that happened early in the week? He probably threatened to throw her out the house and she called the police on him.

1452 days ago
21.

Bill F. Murray    

HEY MOM! CAN WE GET SOME MEATLOAF? MA! MEATLOAF!!!

1452 days ago
22.

John    

The *singer* lives with his mother because he takes care of her. She's had serious drug problems all his life. They even had a show on MTV about it. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1156349/

1452 days ago
23.

cali    

The mother is probably back on drugs.
I wouldnt believe her version

1452 days ago
24.

Stupid People Hater    

Hang'm

1452 days ago
25.

Noemi     

OK...what's up with young male artist and their anger issues? First, Chris and now this jerkoff. With all the money they have, you'd think they do something positive and get help.

1452 days ago
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Karen    

If you don't know or heard of Mario, why even make a comment? Ignorant and bias opinions! 1st he is a R&B SINGER, not a Rapper! @Mike and Mary, u 2 are the only comments worth reading. You make sense! He doesn't have the right to put his hands on his Mom, but I can understand what may have prompted it. No one can image what a child of a Heroin addict goes through! She probably relapsed and/or may have endangered them both. He's probably frustrated. He's needs to distance himself from her if this is the case. I pray that they both can work through this unfortunate situation! And MARIO is great son..he's gone over and above to help his Mom, so judge not until you hear ALL of the facts!

1452 days ago
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sharon    

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OK...what's up with young male artist and their anger issues? First, Chris and now this jerkoff. With all the money they have, you'd think they do something positive and get help.

Posted at 8:57 AM on Oct 1, 2010 by Noemi
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He is doing something positive, STUPID !!!!. He's taking care of his mother and trying to get her off the drugs before she ends up dead. He could have done like others and resent her for not being there for him during her drug spells but he didn't. Unlike others who don't give a s/h/i/t about their parents.

1452 days ago
28.

buttons2789    

First of all you don't know what your talking about. Mario has been taking care of his herion mother and even stop singing for a while to help her get thru her addiction. He charished her and treated her like the Queen that she wasn't. I can bet she's back on drugs and she's upset that he won't feed her habit anymore. I was just speaking to his dad yesterday. As for Mario's parents they have not been together since Marion was young but he does have a good relationship with his dad! So save your gay, porn and he lives with his mother jokes... Your all wrong!

1452 days ago
29.

flygyrl74    

His mom lives with him because she had a serious drug problem. They did a short reality show about him dealing with it. Showed her going to the bathroom to get high and all. He called for help and did an intervention and everything. Herion is the worst kind of drug to be on. She probably did something serious for him to go off like that. Let's wait to hear what really happened before judging him. This is in no way any comparison to Chris Brown...please...

1452 days ago
30.

Vanessa    

i feel he saw his mom on drugs again that why he did it. that gotta be why she live with him son....... Mario gotta be taking this so hard....

1452 days ago
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