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    Fri, 05 Nov 2010 16:04:44

    Assault Charges Against Mario Dropped - Former "Dancing With the Stars" contestant is free and clear

    Prosecutors have dropped misdemeanor assault charges against R&B singer and former Dancing With the Stars' contestant Mario (real name: Mario Barrett). Mario had been charged with second-degree assault for allegedly shoving his mother into a wall at their Baltimore home. Mario's momma, Shawntia Hardway changed her story on the witness stand, saying she was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when she called the cops on October 1. She also conceded that her son never touched her or laid a hand on her in a violent manner.

    Mario's attorney says his client "remains committed to helping his mother battle her addiction" and that it was evident from the get-go that his mother was embellishing her story and that Mario never attacked her.

    Do you think Mario can help his mother get the treatment she needs?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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