The late Russell Armstrong had a history of domestic violence dating back long before his assault on estranged wife Taylor became public knowledge.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills stars' five-year-old daughter Kennedy never saw Russell attack Taylor Armstrong, however, a new report says.
Entertainment Tonight, who aired this Taylor Armstrong abuse photo and spoke with the reality star, made the revelation on its program Wednesday.
ET reported that six weeks before he hanged himself (or was murdered, according to some people), Russell sought to change his will, although he never did so.
The program also delved into Russell’s past violence towards women.
Armstrong had two separate restraining orders filed against by him, one by his ex-wife, and one by an ex-girlfriend, as well as a battery conviction in 1997.
Russell married Barbara Armstrong in 1997 and separated shortly after their son Aiden was born. She alleges he hit her while she was six months pregnant."Russell threw me to the ground and slapped me across the face," she said. "The police were called because Russell hit me, blackened my eyes, kicked me in the back, threw crystal drinking glasses at me, and spit on me."
Barbara also states in a sworn declaration that Russell "pleaded guilty to battery and said that he understood that he [needed] anger management. That was the first such program that Russell was ordered to attend."
Barbara divorced Russell, remarried and moved to Arizona, but Aiden continued to see his father every other weekend, flying to Los Angeles to do so.
On August 6, 2004, Barbara claims she was called by Russell's then-girlfriend, Claudia Haro, who told her she "Saw Russell slap Aiden across the face, very hard. This slap was so hard that Ms. Haro heard it across the room."
"Ms. Haro has seen and heard Russell slap Aiden's face on other occasions."
Barbara subsequently got a temporary restraining order against Russell and requested that an off-duty police officer monitor visitation with Aiden.
Haro also submitted a sworn declaration stating Russell hit her too. You can follow the link for more details of the brutal history he allegedly has.