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Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills' Taylor Armstrong: My Husband Abused Me

Posted on Thu Jul 28, 2011 10:00 AM PDT

ArmstrongHusbandBeatHer230.jpgThe Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Taylor Armstrong filed for divorce July 15, and now she's speaking out about her physically abusive marriage.

Armstrong's tense relationship with her husband was chronicled on the first season of the show, though the two were never seen raising their voices or being physical with each other. But in the just-released trailer for season two, Armstrong, 40, sobs over her crumbling marriage, saying, "I feel like I'm breaking."

Now, she tells People that much more was going on behind closed doors during the couple's six-year marriage.

"I felt like I was dying inside," she says. She describes how Russell would curse at her, call her names, grab her, throw objects, shove her and pull her hair.

Russell, 47, denies hair pulling, but admits that things sometimes crossed the line into physically abusive.

    "Did I push her? Yes, maybe things happened in the heat of the moment, but it was during a time in our lives that was not characteristic of who we were. This show has literally pushed us to the limit."

Despite Russell's admission, Taylor still sees valor in him. She says:

    "I hope we can co-parent as healthy as possible. He's an amazing dad, and I want her [their daughter Kennedy, 5] to still think her dad is the greatest guy on the planet."

We're a little worried over that last statement. How can Taylor be OK with a guy who she admits to being abusive caring for their daughter?

Watch the trailer for season two, in which Armstrong breaks down, after the jump.

On season one of the show, Taylor was seen -- ironically -- as an activist for domestic violence, organizing charity events for the cause.



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