Is Taylor Armstrong
Lying Or A Victim?

Taylor Armstrong says she was brutalized at the hands of her late husband. Others say she is making the whole thing up to sell books. Who's telling the truth?

Taylor Armstrong

Taylor Armstrong lived through horrifying abuse at the hands of her late husband -- or did she? Some close to the reality star say she's making it all up to cash in big with her new book. What's the truth?

One major discrepancy is revealed in the stories Taylor has told about the night Russell allegedly nearly knocked her eye out after punching her in the face. She said it happened when they "got home" after her 40th birthday party, but she later said it happened at a hotel room at the Four Seasons. A review of her Twitter timeline shows a happy-go-lucky message the next day.

"Now we're pool side at the 4 seasons and i am thinking of never leaving … i had the BEST birthday party ever! thank you Russell and all my crazy pals who joined in on the mayhem."

Why would she sit by the pool with a black eye? She says she didn't have one, telling The Daily Beast the picture circulating of her bruised and battered is from several weeks later after surgery to repair the damage and that Russell forced her to send the message.

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Still, 25 days passed between the night Taylor alleges the assault took place and the day she says she had surgery to fix the damage -- and she showed no physical evidence of injury.

There are also discrepancies over her story that Russell dislocated or broke her jaw.

Some of Taylor's cast mates on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills have also expressed doubts that Taylor is telling the true story of what passed between the couple -- in fact, there was an entire episode about it.

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Taylor also has a history of allegedly scamming people, and has gone through four name changes in the process, including using the surname Ford to imply she was a member of the automotive company family.

"She's from Oklahoma, for goodness sakes!" Russell's longtime business associate Tom Crosswaite told the Daily Beast. "And she's changed her name from Shana Hughes to Shanna Taylor to Taylor Ford to Taylor Armstrong. She wants you to think she's a dumb blonde but she's not!"

Both Taylor and Russell were implicated in multiple lawsuits alleging business fraud at the time he killed himself.

Another person who thinks Taylor is making up the abuse allegations to cash in? Russell's own sister.

"If she was really abused then I'm sorry," Taylor's sister-in-law Laurie Armstrong-Kelsoe told The Daily Beast. "But there is not one police report, not one 911 call on record. And this is from a woman who brags that she worked for years with an abused women's shelter! There is nothing that really supports her allegations."

"It is not fair and not right," she says. "Shame on her for using this kind of pathetic grab for money by smearing a dead man's name. It's the utmost worst thing she could have done for the sake of the children."

Tell us: Is Taylor Armstrong lying about being abused?

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Comments on "Taylor Armstrong: Grifter or true abuse victim?"

Shelly February 11, 2013 | 3:22 AM

We're only just watching this season in England now...but i think Taylor is loves playing the victim!..she cries out for attention all the time and is making up domestic abuse stories. She is a women of bad charactor.

Linda March 11, 2012 | 7:51 PM

Total liar - she was in on all the scams with Russell who is no longer around to dispute this or defend himself - I am an avid watcher of RHOBH and her answers on the reunion shows all sound very rehearsed and I am confused about her timeline it doesn"t add up also she claims she wrote the book to save other women from domestic violence??? her rant on the reunion with statistics was ridiculous - she is delusional if she thinks she is "saving" anyone from domestic violence by writing her fantasy story most women who suffer from the humiliation of domestic violence would never go on national tv I was a former victim and do not believe her for a second - she needed a storyline to be on the show because there is nothing interesting about her and she should not be on the show

cutie pie February 26, 2012 | 1:22 PM

Congratulations..about time some people are beginning to catch on.

gessie February 19, 2012 | 6:49 AM

She wrote the book to establish a domestic violence victim for her up-coming trial with MMR for which she is being tried for scamming money from investors and pocketing it personally. They have her dead to rights so she is going to claim, "Russell made me do it." Nothing more, nothing less. This woman is a clever liar and all the media is falling for it.

Gemma February 10, 2012 | 3:04 PM

I think Taylor was abused. I also believed the Wall Street Journal Report that came out in 2011 that detailed her husband's criminal business dealings. I believe that Taylor knew about her husband's criminal behavior and was complicit in it. I believe she is using the abuse as a shield against all other charges against her and I believe that is wrong. Being a victim of domestic violence doesn't mean you should not be charged for other crimes.

Ellie February 10, 2012 | 10:21 AM

They need to get rid if Taylor A.......she brings the show down. She used her husband like a money train. When the train left the station, she became a victim out to save the world and to set herself up to meet another money train to deplete. I have to look away when she is on.....can't stand to watch her sucking her Hugh blow lip. Did you all see that mouth when she went to Vegas with the other girls. You could see her tonsils....eeeewwww

Not A Fan February 09, 2012 | 6:22 PM

Liar, grifter, sociopathic, disgusting piece of work. Will not watch if she is back next season.

Viewer February 09, 2012 | 4:48 PM

She is a grifter , a liar and a con artist. Watch her face in conversations with the girls, she pauses before she lies and just smiles when she is caught..she is one crazy woman.

Casey February 09, 2012 | 4:48 AM

She is a liar and a grifter. Bravo--please DUMP her from the show.

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