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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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kae    

@ 103....Actually i kno him personally to be real honest with you and i am defending him because i KNOW what happened. This has nothing to do with rihanna and chris, its a completely different situation. Get your facts straight because hes NOT STILL in jail! Like i said, you can believe what you see and hear, but you kno nothing about him so take your bull**** @$$ comments somewhere else.

1382 days ago
107.

MoMo    

@103 Your sorry ignorant accusing and condemning ass needa sit the crap down and shut your face. You are a moron to ask why a "good kid" is in jail. His mother is on drugs fool! Shes been addicted for years and he has cared for her and supported her this whole time, even to the point of putting her up in HIS house! thats right, SHE lived with HIM and not the other way around. Mario has been through a lot of craziness for years and never once had a run in with the law and has always maintained a "good boy" look. It is not far fetched to think that maybe the mother is lying on him or creating drama. The point is that WE never know the truth and you look like a moronic idiot making assumptions without knowing the truth based on what the manipulating media exposes you to believe. Dumbazzz!

1382 days ago
108.

Brian    

There's some idiots in this world who are so quick to jump on someone when their down. He's been taking care of his DRUG ADDICT mother for some time now and obviously got angry because she relapsed again. I doubt he beat her to a pulp, he probably shook her a few times or or something. She's a HEROINE ADDICT and these type of people are known to fabricate stories.

1382 days ago
109.

tanesha    

Mario keep ur head up,been there she's not gonna do anything until she's ready so u hve 2 keep living 4 u. she'll get tired. TRUST GOD.

1382 days ago
110.

Tony Genovese    

If she's a recovering addict, it could be that she lives with him rather than the other way. Who wouldn't want to take care of their mom if she was in trouble? Don't be so quick to judge. How horrible the thought of a man hitting a woman... especially his own mother. However, we weren't there... so we don't know the details, and the news we are getting is from 2nd 3rd and 4th generation media sources. It's funny how we can take a slice of info maybe true maybe false, form an opinion and in moments that opinion becomes fact to us.

1382 days ago
111.

Elle...    

@ 103....Actually i kno him personally to be real honest with you and i am defending him because i KNOW what happened. This has nothing to do with rihanna and chris, its a completely different situation. Get your facts straight because hes NOT STILL in jail! Like i said, you can believe what you see and hear, but you kno nothing about him so take your bull**** @$$ comments somewhere else.

Posted at 1:29 PM on Oct 1, 2010 by kae


GOOD for U I Dont know him but I had a a mother who was on Drugs and I know how he must be feeling right about now. I think he was trying to help her get threw to her and her having the problem that she has took this route. Im willing to bet that rest will come out when his mother needs help or money cuz sound like he was taking care of her. she has demons that I know first hand Mother was on drugs when she had me and my four younger brothers she left us all and not that im 23 Im stuck with having to take care of them and I feel like my whole life is just passing me by because im doing someone elses job. but I want my brothers to be sucessful young men so I will do what it takes to make sure that they have the tools they need to be men. PLz tell Mario that he has my support and dont let this get him down.. we have made it this far we will keep going..

1382 days ago
112.

T    

I think Mario is hardly ever in Baltimore. And she takes care of his place when he's away. He may have pushed her. But, if someone is being belligerent towards you, you would push them too. That might be the case. I saw his special. I don't think he would hurt his mother. And she does have problems. He will be acquitted.

1382 days ago
113.

paula    

This is sad he helped his mother with here drug problem she might was back on drugs and he was over it. Ok its not ok to put your hands on your mother but she need to be a mother.....

1382 days ago
114.

Swoop    

Just a little FYI. Mario is a client of mines. He is a great kid. He's sold millions of records and has managed to keep a clean image. He has a charity that helps children with addict parents. His mother lives with him and he makes sure he goes home to support his mother. The music industry does not exist in Maryland. He should be living in Los Angeles or New York but he chose to keep his mother close by remaining in Maryland.

Im not defending him and his actions, but if you don't know him you shouldn't judge him! And even if you do know him you shouldn't judge him. People make mistakes everyday.....most of them just don't get glorified. And if you read the report you will know that his pushed her and shoved her....what if she was holding him and he was upset and wanted to get away from her...not saying thats what happened just saying what if........everyone have a blessed day.

1382 days ago
115.

Jemelia S    

I doubt that he is living with his mother.... She's more than likely living with him. And i believe that she prob is back on drugs or something and that is what drove him to smash up some things. After all that he has been through because of her drug habits i dont blame him for being upset.

1382 days ago
116.

Romana    

I don't think anyone should rush to judgement on this situation. This family need our prayers. Please don't compare this with the Brown situation.

1382 days ago
117.

RandomTandem    

Dont judge him til u know the whole story! How do u know his mother isnt back on drugs? She might have been in there acting crazy and he was defending himself against HER! Notice it doesnt say that he hit her! It says that he pushed her! Maybe he was trying to get her off of him or out of his way. He probably didnt mean to push her into a wall.

1382 days ago
118.

jugu    

he probably found out his mom relapsed and out of pain and anger he was punching walls and throwing things around... i know i have been there!! :(

1382 days ago
119.

Gsharon 710    

Lots of stars (or has beens), are slapping their parents, some just don't use hands.

1382 days ago
120.

Jewells    

Mario has always been the parent and his drug addict mother has always been the child. He has always taken care of her and she has taken and taken and taken. People get to a point where they can't take anymore and maybe he got to his point. Don't condone it but his mother has made his life very difficult.

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