Singer Mario charged with assaulting mother

This photo provided by the Baltimore Police Department shows Mario Barrett

BALTIMORE (AP) — R&B singer and former Dancing with the Stars contestant Mario has been charged with assaulting his mother at their Baltimore home.

Officers were called to an apartment building in the Fells Point neighbourhood early Friday, where police say Shawntia Hardaway told officers her 24-year-old son, Mario Barrett, had pushed her.

According to charging documents, Hardaway said her head still hurt after Barrett pushed her into in a wall in a separate instance on Monday and she feared for her life. Officers found broken glass and a hole in a door in their apartment.

Barrett’s attorney, William ‘Hassan’ Murphy III, calls it “an unfortunate incident” between a loving son and a mother who has had drug problems. Barrett, who appeared in an MTV special in which he staged an intervention for his mother, was charged with second-degree assault and released on $50,000 bond.

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