We still don't think it was okay for singer Mario to beat up his mom though!
Mario was charged with assaulting his mother, Shawntia Hardaway, and was arrested on Friday. He was later released on bail. His lawyer, Hassan Murphy, called it "an unfortunate incident between a loving son and a mother who continues to struggle with a devastating addiction."
Mario's mother was the subject of a 2007 award-winning TV documentary titled, I Won't Love You to Death: The Story of Mario and His Mom, which documented his troubled relationship with his heroin-addicted mother.
Hardaway had called the police on Friday claiming that her son "started yelling at her and he used his hands and forearms and pushed her in the chest and shoulder area causing minor pain and discomfort." When the police arrived, they found a severely damaged" china cabinet, a broken mirror, a busted door and "a lot of glass lying on the floor" in their apartment.
Mario's lawyer spoke of Hardaway's addiction, saying:
"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. Despite the allegations, Mario remains committed to supporting his mother."
It still doesn't give him the right to lay his hands on his own mother. We hope they can get help.
[Image via WENN.]
Tags: assault, drug addiction, heroin, mario