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Taylor Armstrong Was Hospitalized After Husband Russell Allegedly Hit Her In The Face

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Aug. 18 2011, Updated 3:00 p.m. ET

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By Alexis Tereszcuk - Radar Senior Reporter

The violence between Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong and her husband Russell was allegedly so bad that she wound up in a hospital after he brutally hit her just weeks ago, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned.

“Russell hit Taylor in the face so hard she had to go to Cedars Sinai hospital in June,” a source told RadarOnline.com about her emergency visit to the Beverly Hills hospital.

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“The damage to her face was so extensive that she spent days in the hospital and had to have a plastic surgeon give her reconstructive surgery to repair what Russell did to her."

A second source confirmed Taylor’s hospital visit and said Russell hit her after a nasty fight.

Taylor hid the beating from her daughter, Kennedy, sheltering her from the violence Russell inflicted upon her.

“She made sure Kennedy was unaware of what was going on between her parents,” the source said.

Russell Armstrong’s Suicide Was ‘Final Act’ To Abuse Taylor, Says Source

According to the source, Taylor wore heavy make-up after her surgery to conceal the extent of the damage, but the other housewives and Bravo knew about the incident. “They had to film around her for a little while,” the source said.

Taylor has spoken out about the violent family she grew up in and has told friends that when Russell hit her so hard that she had to have surgery that only hardened her resolve to work with other battered women.

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“She was miserable with Russell, but didn’t want anyone else to suffer through the pain she did,” the source said.

Russell Armstrong was found dead on Monday and the LA County Coroner ruled that his cause of death was hanging and the final manner of death was suicide. He was 47.

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