By Amber Goodhand - Radar News Editor
Shocking photos of Adrienne Maloof with numerous red welts on her back surfaced earlier this week but a source close to the one-time couple exclusively tells RadarOnline.com there's no way Dr. Paul Nassif caused the bruises to the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star.
The photos were posted online by Adrienne's long-time personal chef, Bernie Guzman, who wrote, “Now you know….Everyone else needs to know. It's a secret I have kept….he must be stopped."
But according to the source, Paul has never laid a hand on Adrienne and false conclusions about how she got the bruises are being drawn.
"Paul and Adrienne had their fair share of disagreements, but the furthest it ever went was verbal altercations," the insider told RadarOnline.com.
"Paul just isn't the kind of guy who would hit Adrienne."
And with the third season premiere of the hit Bravo show airing on November 5, the source claims it was very convenient timing for the photos to come out.
"Bravo had absolutely nothing to do with these photos or their release, but it's awfully convenient that they popped just weeks before the season premiere," the source said.
"Paul is a mess over this. It's one thing for the public to draw conclusions on the drama throughout the show, but for people to think he's capable of hitting a woman is a whole different ball game. It's just not true."
"Now you know who and what he really is," he wrote. "Adrienne Maloof was pushed to the ground. Punched and beaten. He is a beast."
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Adrienne claimed in her court documents that she was a victim of domestic violence at the hands of her husband.
"The photos prove nothing," the source says.
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