The Real Reason Taylor Armstrong Filed For Divorce From Russell Armstrong — New Report

Fri, December 23, 2011 9:29am EST by 8 Comments
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Taylor started to get shutout from parties and trips on ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ because no one wanted to be around her husband Russell Armstrong but Taylor’s attorney tells us the claims that she filed for divorce to stay on the show are ‘insulting’!

Taylor Armstrong filed for divorce for the sake of her reality TV career? A new report in claims that the reason Taylor filed for legal separation in July, right before Russell Armstrong committed suicide in August, was because Bravo had reportedly written them out of the show!

The report claims that Russell began threatening to sue NBC when he learned that Taylor had discussed their marital issues on the show and that producers were planning to incorporate the footage in upcoming episodes.

“Russell would have had no legal leg to stand on because it was Taylor who was telling the girls this stuff,” a source tells “Bravo and NBC decided that Russell and Taylor were more trouble than they were worth, and decided to end filming with them, as soon as it became apparent that Russell was going to continue down that path.”

This, not the abuse, is what reportedly prompted Taylor to attempt to end her marriage. On the last episode of RHOBH, Taylor and Russell are banned from entering Kyle Richards‘ annual all white party because Russell threatened to sue Camille Grammer for talking about Taylor’s domestic abuse in a prior episode. spoke to Taylor’s attorney and manager Robert Thorne who completely denied these claims: “Denied 100%, and the question is so wrong and without factual basis as to be insulting. The reasons for her divorce have certainly been public enough as to require no further comment or explanation.”

Do you think Taylor tried to end her marriage to save her reality stardom?

— Chloe Melas

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Divorce Coach

Posted at 5:35 PM on December 23, 2011  

People marry and divorce for lots of reasons all the time, sometimes dishonorably, sometimes not. Who knows what the truth is when it comes to these “reality shows.” I wonder if even the “personalities” even know what the truth!

A retired law enforcement officer, I have identified that family law may be responsible for 25% of the crime in this country, suicides, homicides, domestic abuse, child abuse, stalking and more.

And certainly the suicide of this husband sadly supports those statistics.

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Posted at 3:14 PM on December 23, 2011  

I totally believe thus. Taylor is a grifter and was ready to dump poor Russell once she bled him and their investors dry. I hope she loses that MMR case. If anyone was doing the abusing it was that piece of aggressive trash Taylor!!!

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mimi tholsted

Posted at 12:40 PM on December 23, 2011  

There is seldom smoke if there is not a fire, I think that Russel abused Taylor, why would he killed himself ? with all his advisors and lawyers and people he negotiated with he could have “fixed” that???, for Taylor OMG get her out of the show ….it is extremely sickening to watch that skeleton and her huge mouth going on each episode, ….there must be certain standards for Bravo??? Andy what do you think????

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Posted at 4:11 PM on December 23, 2011  

Russell killed himself b/c his wife chose the show over their marriage. She filled his and her cast members heads with lies and then stood by to watch them duke it out, while denying responsibility for ANY of it. Once Russell figured out that Taylor was the author of all the drama, and that she likely didn’t love him he probably felt hopeless. This is theory and not truth of course, but it stands to reason that a man who was guilty of such horrible abuse of his wife probably wouldn’t be trying to sue people for slander.

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Posted at 10:23 AM on December 23, 2011  

After watching the show for 2 seasons. Taylor loves one thing more than herself MONEY, and lots of it. He husband tried to keep her living the high life. Me and my friends do NOT believe for second that she didn’t know what her husband was doing with the money scandal and all those sueing things and the emails. I think the reason why she was crying so much and pretending to be an abused wife was because Russell probably found up that the gig is up for him and Taylor and people knew they were using the money to line there own pockets. She’s a FAKE and will do anything for money, DISGUSTING. Now she’s milking the death of Russell for everything she gets. Seriously, look at her crying spells on the show and think about it. The money scandals started to come to light then she came up with the whole…my husband beat me thing. They probably argued alot I don’t believe he abused her. Kick her off the show. Phony bi–h.

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Posted at 10:11 AM on December 23, 2011  

Taylor in my opinion is a complete fraud and manipulator. . .first she tried to get everyone “against” Lisa, then when that backfired she made Camille her target. I’m so glad her twisted tactics crumbled. I hope Bravo releases her and her freaky face and replaces her with someone way more fun and HONEST in Brandi!

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Posted at 9:58 AM on December 23, 2011  

Bravo…please dump Taylor !!!!!!!!!

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Posted at 9:54 AM on December 23, 2011  

Bravo to Bravo for very clearly exposing Traylor for who she is. Since this show aired she has very slyly manipulated the cast members by sharing away from the cameras. First with Camille and then with her marriage. Each time her lies have caught up with her, but no one seems to call her on it!

While no one can really know for sure if Russell was a spousal abuser–it is quite curious that the threat of losing a spot on a reality show and not the horrific abuse she claimed, was the catalyst for leaving him.

I really wish Russell had stayed to defend himself–I think he would have found the viewers/public not so quick to believe what Traylor had to say about what happened behind faux mansion walls–RIP Russell.

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