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Taylor Armstrong Details Alleged Abuse From Husband Russell In ET Interview

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Sep. 20 2011, Updated 10:00 a.m. ET

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By Radar Staff

Taylor Armstrong sat down with Entertainment Tonight’s Nancy O’Dell to give her first interview following her husband Russell’s suicide.

In a clip of the explosive tell-all, exclusively obtained by RadarOnline.com, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star details the shocking abuse she claims she suffered at Russell’s hands.

"The first time he ever really harmed me physically, I was pregnant with Kennedy and he grabbed me by the throat and held me against a wall. ... I saw his ability to go from zero to 60 that quickly," Taylor says.

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"You live your life constantly on egg shells waiting for the other shoe to drop. You don't know if you're gonna talk to your girlfriend too long at dinner and that's going to cause someone to fly into a rage.

"I don't think he saw himself as an abuser until the last time that he hurt me when I finally ended our relationship."

Taylor also talks about the night Russell allegedly punched her in the eye, resulting in the widely released photos that were broadcast around the world.

"When I finally showed him the MRI he just put it down and started to cry,” she says. “And I think it was him having to come to terms with the fact that this had gone on for too long and that this could've hurt me beyond what could've been repaired."

Veteran reporter O’Dell shares her viewpoint on Taylor, following the interview. "When I sat down with Taylor, I found she is much more than her reality TV Alter Ego,” she says. “She is smart and she is getting stronger. And despite the abuse, Taylor did, in fact, love Russell."  

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