By Jen Heger - Radar Legal Editor
Taylor began having pictures taken of what she alleges are proof of the physical abuse she suffered, several months prior to her decision to file for divorce from Russell.
“Taylor kept the photographs to document what was going on in her marriage,” an insider reveals to RadarOnline.com. “She didn't plan on including the pictures as part of her divorce proceedings.
“Taylor was too ashamed to do so. She began taking the pictures in the spring of this year, and there are recent pictures of a badly beaten Taylor. The most recent pictures were taken about a week and half before Russell's death.
The source goes on to say that the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star "has always had problems dealing with any sort of conflict in her life. Taylor will do anything to avoid conflict, and this is one of the reasons that she stayed in the marriage.
“She kept thinking that Russell would change, that she could help him. Taylor is now realizing that by avoiding conflict, she made the situation worse.”
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Russell was found hanged on August 15 at a friends home, the coroners office ruled the death suicide.