Mario’s mother has dropped all assault charges against her son. The singer was charged last month with one count of second-degree assault for allegedly shoving his mother into a wall at their Baltimore home. He was later released after he posted a $50,000 bond. However, Mario’s mother, Shawntia Hardaway, changed her story on the witness stand Tuesday.
Hardaway said she was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when she called police on Oct. 1 and that her son never laid a hand on her.
Mario’s attorney, Billy Murphy, says it was clear from the beginning that his client never struck his mother and that Mario “remains committed to helping his mother battle her addiction.”
Hardaway has battled alcohol and heroin addiction.
“It was clear from the beginning that Mario never touched or struck his mother,” Murphy added. “She was under the influence of drugs when she gave her statement to police. To her credit, she corrected her statement in court today.”