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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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31.

Maria    

Prove it! They are ALL a bunch of drama queens!

973 days ago
32.

andre`    

Im sorry for his death, but I really think he was gay and he couldnt face the truth. He was so flaming to me.

973 days ago
33.

Cravin Morehead    

Just a bunch of fake, broke, no class hags!

973 days ago
34.

Firefly    

What's next Bravo? "Real suicides of Beverly Hills" ? Brought to you and sponsored by the Ex's?

973 days ago
35.

JMJ    

I see! That explains the disfigurment of her face! If this is remotely true, she still stayed with him so the show could go on for her own selfish reasons! I really hope no one lowers themselves to watch this show & perhaps it will go away.They are looking for ratings at a dead man's expense. She has no shame!

973 days ago
36.

Vic    

Poor guy is dead and now she comes out to say she was beaten.. she makes me sick along with all the other women on that show. Nothing but worthless women who were hot at one time and hit the lottery by marrying well.

973 days ago
37.

Gaylord    

And that's her excuse for being so ugly??? Sure, blame the dead husband. I'm not buyin' it, I think she is ugly all by herself. WOOF!

973 days ago
38.

Bubbles The Chimp    

Any man who beats a woman is a maniac...

..... unless the woman is in 'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills'.

973 days ago
39.

niles    

How convenient that she comes out with this after he's dead and can't defend himself. And Camille Grammer is hardly a good character witness.

973 days ago
40.

Violette-Blue    

Oh wow. That is horrible if it's true. If she has pictures to prove it and Camille has that threatening email then... yeah. It's a shame. What a shmuck he is for hitten a woman. I hope he didn't beat his daughter. Of course, if it really is true he would have been arrested as someone mentioned before. NOt sure what to think anymore. He isn't alive to defend himself. I'm not saying I don't believe Taylor, but why say it now and not earlier on. I feel for his children and family.

973 days ago
41.

Steph    

These 2 obviously had way too many issues and should have never gone on a reality show in the first place, especially when they knew they couldn't afford the lifestyle. His family should wake up and stop blaming Bravo.

973 days ago
42.

hoosier    

She chose to stay, which I have no sympathy for and he commited suicide, which I also have no sympathy for. The only tragedy in this situation is the 5 year old little girl who has to grow up in the middle of all this chaos.

973 days ago
43.

toad    

She SAYS she has proof, but does she really? She is a media whore, and sorry but why would she fight to keep his body if he was so bad to her? I think she's crazy.

973 days ago
44.

jeff    

yeah 1)if she told her cast member what happen they would of went to the police 2)her doctor would of had to tell the police even if they suspected anything 3) why is it always these to looking for the spot light my husband has a little penis well my husband beat me that a good one well be on tmz for sure

973 days ago
45.

tori    

The man was an abusive creep and he took the easy way out by hanging himself. Anybody can put someone down if they themselves have never walked in that persons shoes. He had been accused of abuse before and had two restraining notices taken out on him by his ex wife for the same thing. He even admitted abusing Taylor himself and cowardly accused the show of pushing him to it. Please, he didn't want to face the music so we should now feel sorry for him. I don't think so, his children yes but him get real!!!!

973 days ago
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