Taylor Armstrong Reveals Abuse in New Tell-All Book


Jan. 26 2012, Published 12:25 p.m. ET

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By now we pretty much know Taylor Armstrong was in an abusive marriage before Russell Armstrong committed suicide, but details regarding the Real Housewife's ordeal were silent until now.

 OK! NEWS: TAYLOR ARMSTRONG SAYS SHE BLAMED BLACK EYE FROM RUSSELL ARMSTRONG ON HER DAUGHTER Taylor's new memoir, Hiding from Reality, unleashes shocking details about her marriage as she describes the brutal violence. As pointed out by the Daily Mail, Russell frequently beat her, called her names in front of their daughter and secretly spied on her during their marriage. In one example, the 40 year-old claims after Lisa Vanderpump's daughter Pandora's bachelorette party in Las Vegas, Russell actually accused her of sleeping with a Chippendales dancer. Then he hit her so hard which resulted in her hospitalization. Taylor writes, "The pain was excruciating. I could tell that something was very wrong with my vision. This whole time Russell was glaring at me. 'You're so dramatic,' he said. 'You're fine.'" OK! NEWS: TAYLOR ARMSTRONG SAYS RUSSELL ARMSTRONG FIRST ABUSED HER WHILE PREGNANT Turns out, she wasn't. The injury created a 40 percent fracture of the bone that supports the eye. Not only that, Taylor was told she needed reconstructive surgery and there was a risk she would have a permanently sunken eye after the surgery. This incident gave her the gusto she needed to "snap me out of the spell Russell had over me."

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