JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Moss Point Mayor Mario King and his wife, Natasha, are both facing charges of simple assault-domestic violence following an incident at their home Thursday, Oct. 19.
According to the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, Natasha King reported the fight to deputies on Friday when she visited the Sheriff's Office in Pascagoula, and investigators talked to both parties before filing their report. Both the mayor and his wife are set to be in court to face the charges Dec. 11.
According to affidavits filed in Jackson County Justice Court, Mario hit Natasha with a fist and open hand, and Natasha hit Mario with an open hand.
The incident report from the sheriff's department has accounts of the incident from the mayor and his wife. Both sides agree the dispute started after Mario got home around a 1 a.m. on Oct. 19.
According to Natasha's account of what happened, the couple started arguing about what Mario was doing out so late. She claims the mayor tried to physically kick her out of the bed and eventually punched her in the arm.
The report says Natasha told deputies Mario packed clothes, woke up his assistant who lives in the house with them, and left with one of them driving Mario's BMW and the other driving his city-issued vehicle.
The report says Mario and his assistant returned to the home after hiding the BMW and Mario went to sleep on the couch. The next morning, Natasha reported, Mario told her he had gotten a Tetanus shot because Natasha bit him during the altercation. Natasha denied that claim.
According to the document, the deputy who took the report took pictures of scratches on Natasha's right arm and on the back of her neck and a red mark on her collarbone area.
Natasha reportedly told deputies Mario has beaten her in the past, and she thinks he is having an affair.
According to Mario's account of what happened, the fight started after he wouldn't let his wife see his cell phone after it made a notification alert sound. Mario reportedly told deputies Natasha scratched his arms and hip area while she was trying to wrestle the phone from him.
The report says Mario admitted to leaving the home with his assistant, hiding the BMW, and then returning to sleep on the couch.
The incident report says Mario never filed a report against his wife or got a Tetanus shot like he claimed. It also said investigators "felt that both parties were at fault."
Rumors of a fight between the mayor and his wife have been brewing all week, prompting both to address the issue publicly on social media.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Natasha King wrote, " I am not sure where these ridiculous rumors are surfacing from but they are not true at all... If I wasn't happy I would leave, I have several options, so again we great but please kill those rumors."
Mayor King also addressed the issue in a public post on his Facebook page, saying, "People sometimes will do anything to be divisive and counterproductive. Something I will not ignore and when it comes to my wife and children you stepping in the wrong zone."