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"Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

Taylor Armstrong Beaten

Camille Grammer Threatened

8/19/2011 10:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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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 ... in late June, as "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" was shooting season 2 ... 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 Armstrong Death

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196.

Jano    

There was no excuse for this...she was not destitute...she should have left sooner, gotten her child out sooner..she put her child in danger...she should never have been on housewives in that position...seems like she has friends..she should have left sooner...if you have money, we keep a child in dangerous homelike. What if Russle was a real nutcase and took that child to his grave with him...many do.

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197.

dante080    

If the pic on the left is pre beating, and left is post beating, i think he did her a favor. She looks more human less plastic on the left

1058 days ago
198.

Donovona    

At this point it's all he said, she said, and he is no longer here to defend himself. If it's true he beat her like that, then that is terrible, but unfortunately, she lost a lot of credibility with me last season, by being a bully herself to Kim Richards, and by lying about conversations they had together, even when it was caught on camera. She also claimed her husband was richer than Texas, when in fact she was pushing him further in debt, by spending 60 grand to throw her 4 year old a birthday party, so who knows what to believe at this point?

1058 days ago
199.

Sandra     

These two are ugly plastic surgery whores!! Taylor should have filed charges and left her husband immediately!! I suggest she was too busy trying to be famous!

1058 days ago
200.

Mrs Pederzol    

The poor man is dead and bravo wants to trash his name for ratings. Thats sick. An look at her face someone should beat her in it, it could only help

1058 days ago
201.

reader    

well, that explains her face, or a really nice cover for overdoing the plastic surgery

1058 days ago
202.

smitty62    

Big tough guy.....right? Then the ***** kills himself.....no sympathy here, one less loser.

1058 days ago
203.

ej    

I'm calling bool sheet!!! That talapia lipped tramp would suck the marrow out of his dead bones on live television if it would keep her in the limelight. Lisa VanderPuss had her pegged from day one and I'm sure she knew that it was only a matter of time before their house of store brand cards would come crashing down. She and Adrianne couldn't care less about the fate of that butt nugget of a show, as they are already genuinely filthy rich. As for the rest of those fame seeking skeezers...I hope you saved your pennies!

1058 days ago
204.

laurat    

Im tried of Bravo and reality shows being attackrd over it. Russell is a coward who deserves to be exposed. His actions were his last act of abuse towards Taylor for exposing him and divprce to make her feel guilty for the rest of her life. Lets stop sypathising with Russell and remember that Taylor is the victim here.

1058 days ago
205.

CONCH    

Wasn't she Lady Penelope in the original (marionette) Thunderbirds? She has the same lips.

1058 days ago
206.

Zoe    

Taylor, you have a daughter so how about shutting your damn mouth to the press for a while and helping your little girl get through the loss of her father.... Oh that's right you need make as much as you can off this before he's even cold. While I don't doubt he was abusive, I do doubt this particular story and will also doubt Taylor's accounts of their marriage as they come out in her tell all which I'm sure is in the works as I type. .

1058 days ago
207.

sapphire    

I feel SO much less sorry about Russell's suicide now. It's horrible his kids will have to live without him, but the cycle of violence would only have been witnessed - then repeated - by his children.

If bravo "delayed filming" for a few weeks because of this, they certainly deserve some blame for turning a blind eye.

The deceased was concerned the show was going to skewer him this season because he KNEW he beat the crap out of his wife, and let's face it - that never looks good!

1058 days ago
208.

Nina Girl    

If there is truth to this story, the woman needs serious help and it follows with the pattern of an abused woman. Quietly, they go to the doctor and get treated without revealing how it happened. Her friends should have something to the network because they are being blamed for keeping things quiet, ordering silence, editing him out of the show and keeping her on. She should leave the show and get psychological help.

1058 days ago
209.

char    

sorry for the children left behind. but don't understand wanting to go on a reality show knowing you have problems in your marriage already such as taylor has stated about russell and knowing that you don't have the kind of money that you're portraying yourself to have. for those reasons i blame taylor i don't think it was russell pushing to be on a reality show. their wealth was a lie and if you are already having money problems and marital you don't go on a show to be exposed as phoney and fake like taylor is presenting herself to be and you get marital counseling before doing a reality show if your marriage was so abusive why would you go on a reality show to expose it to everyone without getting help first?

1058 days ago
210.

CaliforniaUS    

I am confused your article said that "Taylor went home and told Russell about her conversation" why would she go home after being beaten when she has domestic abuse help at her hands.

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