Mother of Mario Barrett: My Bad!

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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.