Hours before hanging himself, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Russell Armstrong beat his wife Taylor so badly she was left terrified and sobbing.
Star Magazine has revealed a traumatized Taylor, 40, was so afraid of her husband she took the unusual step of reaching out to friends.
While Taylor had previously hid the abuse, this time she knew she needed help, the magazine has revealed.
According to Star, just 24 hours before he took his own life, Russell lashed out at Taylor after she questioned him about the couple’s shaky financial state.
On August 14, the magazine reports, the altercation exploded into physical violence at Taylor’s Bel Air Crest home, which the estranged couple once shared.
“A distraught (Taylor) called two of her closest friends on the night of August 14, sobbing, ‘Russell hit me’ ” the magazine reports.
One of those contacted by the Housewife tells of a hysterical Taylor calling for help.
“Taylor was crying hysterically and told me Russell punched her in the face,” the friend told the magazine.
“She was so terrified.”
The couple’s dire financial state allegedly led to the fight.
Taylor was trying to find out just how bad the issue had become, the magazine said.
“She wanted answers, and I guess kept pushing the issue. At that point, Russell snapped and punched her in the face.”
On Wednesday, Taylor will hold a private memorial service for Russell who took his own life at the age of 47.