Mario Dewar Barrett, more commonly known as R&B singer Mario, was arrested and charged with assaulting his mother.
Shawnita Hardaway, Mario’s mother, called police and told them that her son had hit her and was destroying her apartment. When police reached the Fells Point area apartment, they found Shawnita crying in the lobby. She again told the police that her son had hit her and that it was the second time he had done so recently. She claims that in an earlier incident, he had pushed her into the living room causing her to hit her head on the wall. Shawnita also told police that she feared for her life. In the apartment, police found a broken mirror, a broken china cabinet, and a hole in the closet door.
Mario has several hit songs and was also a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars”. He was raised by his grandmother due to his Mother’s drug problems.
Mario’s attorney describes the situation as “an unfortunate incident between a loving son and a mother who continues to struggle with a devastating addiction.” The relationship between Mario and his heroin addicted Mother was the inspiration for his Baltimore based charity, Mario’s Do Right Foundation. The charity provides mentors for the children of drug addicts. It was also the subject of a MTV documentary called “I Won’t Love You to Death: The Story of Mario and his Mom.”
After his arrest, Mario was charged with one count of second degree assault and was released shortly after. To be released, he posted a $50,000 bond. November 9th is the first scheduled court appearance for the charge.