Assault Charges Against R&B Singer Mario Dismissed

R&B singer Mario will not be prosecuted for allegedly assaulting his mother, after she asked the judge to dismiss the case against her son. Mario was arrested last month and charged with second degree assault after his mother, Shawntia Hardaway, told police he had been damaging property at their home in Baltimore, Maryland and had reportedly shoved her. Hardaway, who has battled heroin addiction, also claimed Mario had been violent towards her just days before his arrest. Mario was released on $50,000 bail and spoke out publicly to back his mother, who is said to be battling an alcohol problem. “I love my mother very much… I will continue to support her any way that I can,” the “Lt Me Love You” hitmaker wrote on Twitter following the arrest. Hardaway went before a Baltimore judge on Wednesday to admit she had been drinking at the time of their altercation and requested that the case against her son be dropped – and prosecutors agreed. The singer has vowed to continue “supporting his mother” as she battles her personal issues, according to his lawyer, William Murphy III. “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,” Mario’s lawyer tells the Baltimore Sun. “Mario remains committed to supporting his mother.” “It was clear from the beginning that Mario never touched or struck his mother. She was under the influence of drugs when she gave her statement to police. To her credit, she corrected her statement in court today.”


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