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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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31.

p    

he is NOT a rapper - he is a singer duh!

1447 days ago
32.

TONY    

I believe the brother needs to walk away from the confrontations that he goes through with his mom ! However he does take care of his mother ,AND SHE LIVES WITH HIM !Everyone here in Baltimore is aware of what he has gone through as a child with his mother's drug problem !Before we pass judgment , we need to hear more facts ! I live in Baltimore and many of us know , you do not have to hit no one to get locked up ! You can get locked for defending yourself ! Depends on who calls first , and who story is the strongest !!

1447 days ago
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STONES     

HIS MOTHER LIVES WITH HIM! KNOW YOUR FACTS. IM NOT SAYING ITS RIGHT THAT HE PUT HIS HANDS ON HIS MOTHER AND TO BE HONEST THAT NOT THE KIND OF PERSON HE IS .... KNOWING THAT HIS MOTHER IS AND EX-ADDICT THIS COULD HAVE ERUPED TO ANYTHING! JUST PRAY FOR HIM!
GOD BLESS AND HAVE A GOOD DAY!

1447 days ago
34.

JEANNIE     

IS SHE BACK ON DRUGS????????

1447 days ago
35.

Paula Boney    

You can punch Jesus in the face but you should never touch your MOTHER...

1447 days ago
36.

AJ    

@Sam know what U are talking about before U speak. He's not a rapper at all, when in fact he's a very talented singer. I don't condone any man putting hands on women, let alone a mom. Though U need to know facts before U go opening yuh mouth, SON. Same goes for njneere. Wow such ignorance.

1447 days ago
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Caresse Thompson    

he has been taking care of his mother for years due to her addiction! i don't agree with him putting his hands on his mother but how do you put your own mother out and? think he was kind of in between a rock and a hard place!

1447 days ago
38.

Meghan     

his last name is Barrett, TMZ.....

1447 days ago
39.

Paula Boney    

You can punch Jesus in the face, but you can never touch your MOTHER???????????????

1447 days ago
40.

Paula Boney    

You can punch Jesus in the face but you should never touch you mother.

1447 days ago
41.

Mike    

EXACTLY!!! Thanks Mary. These fools just talking out of their @SSES as if they know the history. Like I said HE has been taken care of her for years. I'm sure he paying the rent and his name is on the lease so they assuming he lives there too. This dude is a rather successful artist on his own...and to be living with his Mom in an "apartment" is crazy. He probably came by to check up on her and found her high AGAIN. And I'm sure he went off.

1447 days ago
42.

neenee    

what ashame do we have all the details is this a one sided story

1447 days ago
43.

Karen    

Amen, Adidas and Sharon!

1447 days ago
44.

big nuts    

TNB....please move this to Ebony TMZ

1447 days ago
45.

melnel    

ugh I can't stand all you racist piece of sh##. Y is it everytime a black person is on here they have to be a thug or a no body. just b/c you don't know them doesn't mean they are nobody. I don't see you lames calling all those reality trash ppl nobodies and untalented. Also not every black person is a rapper. he is an r&b singer.

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