Prosecutors have dropped misdemeanor assault charges against R&B singer and Baltimore native Mario. The allegations stemmed from an alleged domestic dispute between the singer and his mother last month.

Mario, whose full name is Mario Dewar Barrett, was charged with second degree assault after his mother, Shawntia Hardaway, told Baltimore City police that he shoved her into a wall and damaged property in their Fells Point home.

He was arrested on Oct. 1 and later released on $50,000 bail.

Hardaway recanted her story before the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore City on Nov. 2, saying that she was intoxicated when she called police and her son did not abuse her. She asked for all charges to be dropped. Barrett would have had to stand trial on Nov. 9.

Mario’s attorney said Hardaway is a recovering heroin addict. Her relationship with Barrett was documented on the MTV special, “I Won’t Love You To Death: The Story of Mario and His Mom.”

“I’m glad to be finally vindicated,” the 24-year-old singer recently told Us Magazine. “I want to thank everyone who believed in me. I will continue to love and support my mother.”

Barrett has released four albums since 2002 and recently broke into acting, starring in “Freedom Writers” and “Step Up 2.” In 2008, he was a contestant on Dancing With The Stars.


Shernay Williams

Special to the AFRO