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Mario Barrett is off the legal hook.

In early October, the R&B singer was arrested for assault because his mother, Shawntia Hardaway, accused her son of shoving her in the chest and trashing her apartment. Readers, however, suspected that Hardaway's history of substance abuse played a role in this allegation.

They were correct.

On the witness stand yesterday, Hardaway changed her story and admitted she was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when she called the cops. She now says Mario never touched her.

The artist's attorney, Billy Murphy, says his client "remains committed to helping his mother battle her addiction." We hope for everyone's sake that she gets the assistance she needs.

by Hilton Hater at . Comments

Late last week, R&B singer Mario was arrested for assault against his mother.

With his client free on bail, the artist's attorney spoke on the incident over the weekend and acknowledged that a confrontation took place. But he cited the drug history of Mario's mom (Shawntia Hardaway) as its basis.

"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," said Hassan Murphy. "Despite the allegations, Mario remains committed to supporting his mother."

Police responded to Hardaway's call on Friday and found an apartment in disarray. They booked her son on charges of second degree assault after Shawntia accused him of pushing her in the chest.

Murphy referred to this "unfortunate incident between a loving son and a mother" as something that happens when one side struggles "with a devastating addiction."

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