September 14, 2011 11:30am PT by Jethro Nededog
'Real Housewives' Taylor Armstrong Admits Russell Physically Abused Her
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight’s Nancy O’Dell airing next Tuesday, Taylor Armstrong will admit to being physically abused by her late husband, Russell Armstrong.
On Monday’s episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Taylor Armstrong made some cryptic statements about being afraid of something in her marriage.
The following day, ETOnline posted images of a banged up Taylor showing a very badly bruised eye. A friend snapped the photos of her in early July.
A source tells the magazine show that the housewife had just gotten Lasik eye surgery and that Russell had hit her so hard she dislocated her corneal flap. The housewife reportedly didn’t appear in public again until Aug. 1 for a press tour promoting the new season of the show.
On July 15, Taylor announced she filed for divorce. Russell was found dead in the evening on Monday, Aug. 15 after committing suicide.
After the news broke the next day, Taylor’s rep released the following statement, “Taylor Armstrong is devastated by the tragic events that have unfolded. She requests privacy at this time so that she may comfort her young daughter. Her thoughts and prayers are also with Russell’s 11 and 13 year old sons.”
Bravo decided to go forward with the show’s second season premiere as planned on Sept. 5 with a short segment in which the cast discussed the suicide followed with re-edited episodes. The Season 2 premiere saw a 42% increase over last year’s series premiere.
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