*R&B singer Mario is facing a charge of second degree assault after he was arrested in his native Baltimore, Maryland for allegedly assaulting his mother in an apartment they share.
The singer was taken into custody this morning (Oct. 1), after his mom, Shawntia Hardaway, told authorities he was “throwing and damaging property” and had reportedly pushed her with his hands and forearms.
A police source tells TMZ.com several broken items were found inside the apartment, including a smashed china cabinet, a busted mirror and a hole in the closet door.
Hardaway, a former heroin addict, also claimed she had been involved in another violent altercation with the 24-year-old singer days prior to his arrest.
In a police report detailing the earlier incident and obtained by the website, it is suggested Mario pushed his mother “eight feet into a living room wall, where Ms. Hardaway hit her head on the wall.”
The singer, real name Mario Dewar Bennett, has since been released on $50,000 bond.
The troubles between Mario and his drug-addicted mother were documented in the 2007 MTV special ”I Won’t Love You to Death: The Story of Mario and His Mom.” [Watch full film below.]
Mario began filming the documentary in the summer of 2007 while working on his album ”Go.” It revealed a balancing act between a blossoming career and a turbulent personal life.
”It’s a documentary showing the relationship with my mother, and her obstacles that she had to overcome as an addict, a drug addict. She was addicted to heroin most of her life – she’s clean now,” Mario told The Associated Press at the time.
Sobriety came after Mario – with the help of Hardaway’s boyfriend, a close family friend and an interventionist – confronted his mother on camera, offering her the chance to reform her life. She accepted.
Addicted to heroin, Hardaway was unable to care for Mario during his early years. Her addiction kept him from wholeheartedly enjoying his successes, he told the AP. And it was her addiction that led to a short childhood.
”I was about nine or 10. I remember seeing needles on the dresser, and her with like – I can’t remember if it was a belt – something around her arm and she was just like, sleep on the bed,” said Mario. ”That was the first time I ever noticed anything weird and after that it was just, I guess, her personality and her mood swings, and that type of thing. And just her not being around for long periods of time.”
Mario found himself playing the role of parent to his mother. His decision to stop supporting his mother’s lifestyle is what led to the intervention seen in the 2007 documentary.
Mario said being on camera was very difficult at first. ”I didn’t want people to see how I was sometimes aggressive with my mother, or sometimes I would have to raise my voice or I would say things that I really didn’t mean,” he said. ”It was really difficult but it got to the point where I felt like the camera was almost like a book. I was telling a story. I was releasing all of these feelings that I had inside for so long.”