R&B singer Mario makes first appearance tonight since criminal charges against him were dropped
R&B singer Mario has been keeping a low profile since his mother dropped criminal charges against him in November.
But tonight he'll make his re-appearance here in Baltimore.
What pulled him out? His own foundation. The Do Right Foundation the singer created in 2007 to help the children of drug addicts will host a fundraiser tonight.
The singer will even perform at the event.
The fundraiser begins at the Legg Mason Tower at 7 p.m. Tickets are $75, and will be donated to the charity.
The singer began the foundation in honor of his mother, Shawntia Hardaway, who has battled heroin addiction in the past.
In October Hardaway accused him of assaulting her, but later recanted her story, admitting before a Baltimore district court she was intoxicated at the time she made the accusations.
William "Billy" Murphy Jr., Mario's attorney, blamed the criminal charges on his mother's addiction.
"It was clear from the beginning that Mario never touched or struck his mother," he said then. "She was under the influence of drugs when she gave her statement to police. To her credit, she corrected her statement in court today."
Murphy also said the singer remained committed to helping Hardaway battle her drug problem.
It's not clear if she will be at tonight's event, or if she's gone back to rehab. Representatives for Do Right did not respond to requests for comment.
Proceeds from tonight's fundraiser will go to the foundation's initiatives at Westport Academy in Baltimore, according to the event's poster.Photo: Mario Do Right Foundation