Posted on Mon Oct 17th, 2011 2:40pm PDT
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills came under fire in August when cast member Taylor Armstrong's husband committed suicide.
Family and friends blamed the show for putting financial pressure on Russell, and Taylor herself said Russell probably feared what the public would think of him as their relationship unraveled on camera.
But now, the reality starlet is putting a more positive spin on the Bravo show, saying that it saved her life. She tells LA's KTLA-TV:
- "I was in an abusive relationship for six years ... if the cameras were not in my life, I might not be sitting here today. A lot of domestic violence situations end in murder-suicide, versus just suicide. I have my daughter with me today, and by the grace of god and, perhaps, reality TV, I'm sitting here and so is she."
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