Before Russell Armstrong killed himself, Taylor Armstrong was ready to divorce him in order to stay on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, says a close source.
According to an insider, Russell sent Bravo threatening letters regarding possible lawsuits if allegations of his abusive behavior ever aired.
Knowing Russell didn't have a leg to stand on, Bravo still decided they weren't worth the trouble and stopped filming the couple. But Taylor wasn't gonna have that!
During filming of the show, as the season progressed, Russell started sending blistering letters and emails to Bravo and NBC Universal executives threatening lawsuits. Russell was furious that Taylor had discussed their serious marital issues, including the fact that he hit her on multiple occasions, and that the fellow housewives were now talking about it on the show.
Russell would have had no legal leg to stand on because it was Taylor who was telling the girls this stuff. 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.
Taylor decided to pursue the separation first, but then she thought to get back on the show, she would need to file for divorce, so that she could appear on the show again, if she promised executives that she was leaving him for good.
[She knew] for a very long time that she needed to leave Russell because of the verbal and physical abuse. Being taken off a show that she loved doing because of his actions was the catalyst that finally made her pull the trigger on her marriage. Russell knew he was going to be exposed and was in full damage control mode. Ultimately, there was nothing he could do to stop it.
Wow. This story just keeps unfolding, doesn't it??
It's still really sad, and really, really eery…
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