Mario on His Mother: ‘I Will Continue to Support Her’

R&B singer Mario has reached out to fans to clear up reports surrounding his arrest last week for allegedly assaulting his mother, insisting he loves her “very much”. “I love my mother very much,” Mario tells Us Weekly, insisting that he isn’t “allowed to comment” on his recent arrest. The “Break Up” star was taken into custody and charged with second degree assault on Friday, October 1 after his mother, Shawntia Hardaway, told authorities he had been damaging property at their home in Baltimore, Maryland and had reportedly shoved her with his hands. Hardaway, a former heroin addict, also claimed Mario had been violent towards her just days before his arrest. A police report detailing the prior incident suggests Mario pushed her “eight feet into a living room wall, where Ms. Hardaway hit her head on the wall.” Mario was released on $50,000 bail and his lawyer, William ‘Hassan’ Murphy III has admitted the arrest occurred after “an unfortunate incident” between a son and his mum, who has struggled to stay sober. “Anyone who has waged the battle to save loved ones from the forces of drugs knows the irrational behavior that almost always accompanies their actions,” said Murphy on Saturday. “Despite the allegations, Mario remains committed to supporting his mother.” Mario also took to his Twitter following the arrest, stating “These past couple of days have been extremely difficult for me. I wanna thank my family, friends and fans for their support. God bless.” In 2007, Mario’s turbulent relationship with his heroin-addicted mother was filmed for a documentary called “I Won’t Love You to Death: The Story of Mario and His Mom.”


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