Taylor Armstrong Was Reportedly Hospitalized After A Physical Assault By Russell Armstrong


Earlier this week we learned the shocking news that Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Russell Armstrong hanged himself in an apparent suicide and today we are learning of more reported details about the events that led up to his death. Many people are focusing on claim that the pressures of reality TV are what led to Armstrong’s suicide but I am not convinced. Russell Armstrong himself had admitted to physically harming his estranged wife Taylor Armstrong and even plead no contest to charges that he physically assaulted his previous wife as well. A new report from TMZ claims that Russell so brutally assaulted Taylor a few months ago that she had to be hospitalized so that the damage to her face could be repaired. If true, this is the kind of man that people have been mourning all week long.

Taylor Armstrong secretly revealed to cast members she was beaten so badly by Russell Armstrong she had to undergo surgery — and when he found out she spilled the beans, he sent Camille Grammer a chilling, threatening email … this according to multiple sources connected with the show. We’re told … just before the shooting for season 2 of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” began … Taylor was severely beaten. Sources say Russell hit her in the face so hard he cracked bones in her cheeks. Sources say there are pictures of the injuries and they are “horrific.” Taylor — who was hospitalized as a result of the beating — tried to keep it a secret, but she had a big problem … she couldn’t show her face for weeks, and she feared she’d be fired for appearing to be uncooperative and flaky. Sources say Taylor confided in Camille Grammer and Kyle Richards … both of whom urged Taylor to tell Bravo what really happened. We’re told Taylor went home and told Russell about her conversation with the two women and the outrage they had shown when they heard what happened. Russell reacted by sending Camille a “very threatening” email. One source who read it said, “It was the rantings of a lunatic.” As for Taylor, her injuries were so bad … shooting was delayed for several weeks.

Russell’s family members and friends have been quoted as saying that Russell feared that he would be “crucified” on the show … and now we may know why he was so afraid. It is my opinion that he feared he would not be able to avoid the abuse revelations. Because he and Taylor were estranged and because she was divorcing him on the grounds that he physically assaulted her, he had good reason to fear “crucifixion”. Now, we can never know what caused Russell Armstrong to want to end his own life but it seems pretty clear to me, at least, that he had many reasons to fear the consequences of his actions. By his OWN admission, Russell Armstrong abused his two wives … only they can know for sure what the extent of his crimes truly were. I personally find any kind of physical abuse by anyone to be absolutely abhorrent. If there can be any silver lining in any of this, it is that no one will ever be able to suffer any further abuse at his hands.


  • Kells

    Wow…. what a sad story all around. I love watching the HW shows, and always felt that russell was a bit “off”. Hopefully his family can find some peace following all of this.

  • lg

    i worked in a domestic violence womens shelter for a long time. you really do learn to hate the perpetrator after a short time BUT you have to believe in rehabilitation– that ppl can change. you have to understand the dynamics to abuse. and i believe that not enough attention is given to the perpetrator.. in my city, there is only ONE men’s rehab for learning how to deal with anger properly. so even if a man wanted to get help, society has ostracized him, perpetrating the problem. i hate situations like this, trust me. im not defending an abuser but what i am saying is that its not the right thing to adopt a very dichotomous way of interpreting this issue. that we are “mourning an abuser”. he was probably a decent man in his early years. and tahts what ppl r mourning. how he turned so inward and couldnt get a grip.

    • krissy

      That is a very interesting perspective, one I hadn’t considered before. Thank you for sharing.

  • lg

    ..how he turned inward and coudlnt get a grip is the man he sadly became.

  • SuzieB

    This whole situation is very sad. It’s obvious, regardless of whether Russell did beat her (and with all the sources confirming this story) or not, he obviously was very troubled. I’m sure guilt, hopelessness etc lead towards his ultimately taking his life. He should’ve reached out for help then, or at some point – now he’s inflicted scars that won’t heal on his family by taking his life. For those of you that think I’m cruel etc, I’ve had this happen in my own family, and have my own opinion that it’s extremely selfish. If you’re at that point of considering suicide, reach out – there’s suicide hotlines and mental health professionals who can help. There’s no peace gained by committing suicide, especially not for those left behind.

  • I wish the media would take a break on this. It has to be very painful to her to have her abuse splashed through the tabloids, and to his family and friends trying to mourn him, and understand why he took his life.

    If Bravo can re-edit episodes and push back the season premiere, we can stop putting it all in the press, and let these people heal.

    • @Lauren xx — I’m of the mind that if ANY abused person wants to speak out about their ordeal then they should be able to do so without fear of reprisal or shame. Domestic abuse is still a taboo subject. The more we talk about it, hopefully, the less hidden it will be. And I hate to sound callous but if a criminal — like an abuser, a murderer, a child molester or other person who preys on others — wants to take themselves out of the equation then I am happy to let them do so.

  • Mr. Gyllenhaal

    I think it is so disgusting to ever lay a hand on a woman or just physical violence in general! Just because Russell was physical with both his wives doesn’t take away from the fact that he took his own life which is sad!

  • Holly

    This whole situation is tragic all around. RHWOBV is my favorite Bravo show, but I honestly feel very guilty for watching these people’s lives fall apart before my eyes. It makes me wonder if all of this “drama” is really healthy? Would their lives be better/would they still be together/would Russell still be alive if they were not part of the show?

    When I read the headline that Russell committed suicide I immediately thought it was because he was in financial ruin. Some men can’t bounce back from a financial crisis (look at how many men committed suicide when the stock market crashed in 1929). I think the pressure to maintain a luxurious lifestyle for his wife (Taylor) was too much for him and he got in over his head. Stress led to him working long hours, neglecting their marriage, tension, and probably abuse. He didn’t see a way out because he lost everything. It’s VERY sad.

    • ChristineLA

      Holly, the way I am looking at this is without the show, Taylor may not have gotten out of the marriage, and his abuse would have stayed behind closed doors, where all abusers want it.

    • @ChristineLA — Amen! I totally agree.

  • Sandy Douglas

    This article is just disgusting and nauseating. It is making derrogatory statements based on “sources”. Then all the comments that follow are obviously believing everything that is said. That is why Russell was terrified of the character assassination that was sure to continue into season 2. He was made out to be the bad guy from day 1. Taylow was made out to be the innocent victim all the time. If he had caused serious bodily injury to Taylor, he would have been jailed and sentenced harshly since he had priors. The hospital would’ve had to report it to the police by law. Then the state of California would have to pursue charges of domestic violence against him, regardless whether Taylor wanted him charged or not. She would have no say in that matter. Check out the law. Also, he wouldn’t have been dumb enough to make threats to Camille, especially electronically where everything could be traced. Come on people. Common Sense!Taylor wasn’t a victim. He admitted to pushing her. Big deal women! Women push all the time. Since when did we become such a weak gender? In my opinion, Taylor was abusive to him. Emotionally especially. Pushing him to the edge of financial ruin all for vanity. She spent 60,000$ on a childs birthday when she knew that they didn’t have the money. Throwing all the extravagant parties she threw and he had to just sit back and put up with it. You could tell that he tried to fit in for the sake of his wife because that’s what she wanted. That’s not what he wanted. The other housewives castigated him and made him out to be a villian just because he was akward socially and probably didn’t enjoy the pretentiousness of the crowd she hung with. Kim was right when she said that Taylor becomes who you want her to be. A kiss up. Phony I think she called her.He through her a birthday party and toasted her as good as he could. One could tell that he was very nervous but did his best. I hurt in my gut for him. Then Taylor couldn’t wait to play victim again and he couldn’t take it anymore. In my opinion she ruined him financially, emotionally, verbally to the whole world! She must’ve received 1000’s of support letters and fans playing the victim. What did Russell get? Some of the other hswvs jumped on the hate Russell bandwagon. It was sickening. How can you view a woman that is spending tons of money she doesn’t have as an innocent victim? As a sidebar, all a woman has to do is tell the police that a man pushed her or thew something at her and he’s automatically arrested and considered guilty by the public. Most men just cop a plea because in this gender biased society we live in, men have everything to fear. The justice scales aren’t in their favor. To fight the charges in court means trusting a non-biased jury listening to a crying woman. The crying woman could (and many times is) a lying woman. If the woman wins, she usually gets custody of the kids. Wow, could that be a motive for a woman to falsely accuse a man. It happens everyday so for all of you men or moms of sons, you need to fight for fair legislation and learn about this. Men are being taken down and don’t stand a chance if we do nothing. Also, read what Russell’s exwife says about Taylor. Their are two sides. All of these are my opinions and not fact.

    • @Sandy Douglas — You make me sad for humanity.

    • mommy smurf

      I agree with you….the hospital is required by law to report it AND they would charge him even if Taylor did not want them to.

  • SuzieB

    @Trent ~ you took the words right out of my mouth! @Sandy Dennis – wow. Just.wow

  • KS

    @ Sandy Douglas.
    WOW…. To say the scales are tipped in the woman’s favor in cases of abuse is probably the most ignorant thing I’ve ever heard. You’ve clearly never been through it yourself. The justice system is very unfair to the *women*.

    • Sandy Douglas

      @KS-Quite the contrary.You are obviously very ignorant. I know many a good man that this has happened to. Since many states passed legislation that doesn’t require a woman to prove or even testify against her alleged abuser, many innocent men have had to plea guilty because they either can’t afford a lawyer ($10,000) and/or face a biased jury. It’s the state that prosecutes, not the accuser. The accuser doesn’t have to prove anything. If you don’t believe me, then do your research. Approximately 45% of domestic violence convictions were based on false allegations. I am a woman and I am very ashamed of what is happening to men in the justice system. Fathers are losing custody of their children because of these many false allegations. That’s a fact. You need to pull your head out of the sand and educate yourself. Do you really believe that a man has a fair chance in court when a jury is more sympathetic to a crying female? I know women that have manipulated the system to their advantage to gain full custody. Men are too ashamed to report physical abuse at the hands of a woman. They can be pushed, shoved, punched, etc. but they still can’t fight back because they’re men. There are of course legitimate cases of physical abuse against women. The legitimate cases are approximately 55% and have great empathy for them and want them to get justice. For crying out loud, all a woman has to do is say she was raped by her husband to have him put away. The man has no way of proving his innocence, does he? Yes, I feel very sorry for humanity and what we are becoming. I apologize to God for us regularly. The feminist movement has gone too far and they don’t value men at all. So I repeat, KS do your research!

    • Sandy Douglas

      @KS-And you prove my point. You wouldn’t be an impartial jurist. You would be in the womans corner from the get go. That’s how the majority is, so how can you say that the justice system is very unfair to women? The jurors decide the fate. You represent most jurors.

    • @Sandy Douglas — It’s a good thing the men of the world have you on their side. Oy!

  • SD

    @Trent-And I make you sad for humanity? You are the one that is promoting suicide by saying you’d be happy about it. Since this is about Russell Armstrong’s suicide, it seems that you already have him convicted too. You make my point again.

    • ChristineLA

      Read what Trent is writing! He is not promoting suicide, rather he is not going to sit in a corner and cry into a beer if known abusers or murderers TAKE THEMSELVES OUT OF THE GAME. Really, they are committing a public service.

      Am I pro-suicide by wishing that Hitler had shot himself a lot sooner?

  • SuzieB

    Umm @SandyDennis it’s too bad OJ’s in jail, you 2 wouldve made a sweet couple. Wow.

  • CMC

    It’s always hard for me to read stuff like this. I know so many women (and men) are in or have been in abusive relationships, myself included, which is so strange to say because I didn’t even realize what was going on for a long, long time.

    It was VERY difficult for me to come to terms with the fact that the man I was so in love with was hurting me and I could’ve actually had him arrested for it though at the time I never even thought about calling police.

    Lucky for me, I was able to eventually get out of it and the worst I experienced physically were bruised ribs. Had I have stayed longer, I know it would’ve been a lot worse because I couldn’t take it anymore and started standing up for myself instead of cowering to him. Boy he didn’t like that very much! How dare I question him about anything! Even years after leaving him, I still deal with the psychological and emotional aftermath. Especially after reading stories like this when I regretfully relate to it. It’s a crappy feeling and it always bring back terrible memories. It’s like you can never escape or forget it.

    I have never seen an episode of this Housewives series (and I’m glad for that) but from my own personal experience with domestic violence, I know that this most often happens with or without cameras present. My ex was and still is a VERY troubled person and would be the same monster of a man with or without appearing on a so-called “reality” television show. He’d never be on board with appearing on one in the first place.

    Anyway, tragic all around.

  • ThatGirl!

    Ok, I’m going to chime in on this. As a former victim of domestic violence I can tell you that if you go to the hospital and tell them your boyfriend, fiance, husband hit you. The staff has a duty to report it.

    I knew this but my ex-husband did not so after a heated argument he pinned me down from trying to leave when I began to scream because I could not breathe he pulled his arm way back and struck me across my face. My head snapped back so fast he and I heard a crack in my jaw. Scared, he immediately rushed me to the hospital. As we were sitting in the emergency room, the nurse asked both of us what happened. He told the truth and stated he struck me in the face. She said okay and took me in the back for xrays. While I was waiting the doctor and nurse re-approached me and informed me they called the police and had him arrested and handed me my car keys. They told me they had a duty to call the police when a domestic situation occur.

    In the case of Taylor, if she didn’t tell the doctors/nurses what truly happened then they can’t press charges. Unless, she came forward and talked there’s nothing they can do.

    As far as blaming her for his suicide. That is ridiculous. Suicide in the end is a choice. Believe me, I’ve been there and when I thought about the impact it would leave on my family, I decided against it. I can’t say I still don’t suffer from depression but to quote Gone with the Wind, “there’s always tomorrow.”

  • Jenni

    This poor guy was suffering for so long.His wife made a big mistake by telling the other housewives ”their problems”.Bravo made a big mistake by let all this garbage air out.Andy Cohen must go away.These shows of the housewives are dark and evil.

    • @Jenni — Poor guy? POOR GUY? OMG … what world am I living in???