Taylor Armstrong‘s upcoming memoir is full of shocking and scandalous details about the horror she says her late husband Russell Armstrong subjected her to, including violent physical and verbal abuse and spying on her.
In excerpts from Hiding From Reality shared with Us Weekly, Taylor says the first signs of trouble came while the couple was still dating and she caught him spying on her. She claims she once found a tape recorder hidden under her desk. “I’m just trying to get to know you because I’ve been burned,” she says he told her.
Later on, “I went into my email settings and found that he had set it up so that all of my emails were forwarded to him the moment I received them,” she wrote.
One night, while their daughter was in bed with her, Russell stormed into the bedroom in a rage and began to berate Taylor. F*** you. Get the f*** out of my life,” she says he screamed, then directed his ire at their daughter. “Your mom’s a whore, your mom’s a b****.”
“He would grab my hair and bang my head against the side of the car between the two doors, or against the glass of the passenger-side window while he was driving, because it made his point to me but didn’t leave a visible mark,” she wrote.
When she tried to fight back, Russell would threaten her. “Don’t ever do that again because I almost killed you,” she says he told her. “One of these days, I’m afraid I’m going to kill you.”
Things came to a head the day she came home from the Las Vegas bachelorette party Lisa Vanderpump threw for her daughter Pandora. Taylor says Russell accused her of sleeping with a Chippendales dancer on the trip and hit her so hard she wound up in the hospital.
“The pain was excruciating. I could tell that something was very wrong with my vision,” Taylor wrote. “This whole time Russell was glaring at me. ‘You’re so dramatic,’ he said. ‘You’re fine.'”
But she wasn’t fine: 40 percent of the bone that supports her eye was fractured and she needed reconstructive surgery — and there was still no guarantee that her eye socket would not be permanently sunken.