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.