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Taylor Armstrong reportedly pocketed $125,000 for selling photos of herself in the hospital, as the result of an alleged beating at the fists of Russell Armstrong, to Entertainment Tonight.

But as shady as that move may be, an attorney for Taylor's late husband has made an even more startling accusation: Ronald Richards says the pictures are a hoax.

Taylor Armstrong Hospital Pic

Richards says Taylor's black eye may be real, but it was NOT caused by his client. Instead, the lawyer cites plastic surgery as a possible basis for the marks.

"If Mr. Armstrong was the cause of those injuries he would have been arrested and prosecuted," Richards tells TMZ, highlighting the fact that Taylor never filed a police report.

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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.

Russell Armstrong and Taylor Armstrong Photo

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.

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A coroner has ruled out foul play, but John Ann Hotchkiss - the mother of Russell Armstrong - has confirmed in a new interview: "We want a murder investigation. We will do whatever is necessary to proceed."

Russell Armstrong and Taylor Armstrong

Hotchkiss simply can't fathom that Russell would take his own life - she says he was "warm and personable" and "loved his children to a fault" - and believes his financial struggles left him open to a "set up."

"No one is accusing Bravo," Hotchkiss clarifies to Us Weekly. "We think someone conspired to have him murdered and it is open as to who did it."

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Despite a ruling by the Los Angeles County Coroner that Russell Armstrong died via suicide by hanging, the family of this late reality star reportedly believes he was murdered.

Taylor Armstrong and Family

TMZ sources report family members are convinced Armstrong's financial woes led him down a path "with the wrong people" and one of them killed him out of retaliation. They will allegedly hire a private investigator to look into the matter.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills aired its second season premiere last night, which featured the woman talking awkwardly about Russell's death. You can view that scene HERE.

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Details regarding the life and recent death of Russell Armstrong continue to pour forth, with the latest report painting this reality star in a disturbingly negative light.

According to a TMZ insider, just prior to filming on season two of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Russell struck Taylor Armstrong so hard that he fractured her cheek bones and sent her to the hospital. The injuries, and subsequent photos, were "horrific," this source states.

Taylor Armstrong, Kyle Richards and Camille Grammer

Taylor Armstrong, Kyle Richards and Camille Grammer are all smiles in this photo. But a new report sheds light on their private pain.

Unsure how to handle the situation - would Bravo fire her for appearing uncooperative if she didn't show up for filming? - Taylor reportedly confided in Camille Grammer and Kyle Richards. She then told Russell about this conversation with her castmates.

The Bravo mole says he reacted by emailing Camille a "very threatening" message that contained "the rantings of a lunatic."

Taylor's bruises and breaks, meanwhile, required weeks to heal, delaying production on the series. Now, the actual premiere has been pushed back as the network wonders what to do about Russell's suicide.

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The autopsy results are in and the coroner has made it official: Russell Armstrong died by "hanging and the final manner of death is suicide."

But why? Why did the estranged husband of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong take his own life? It's a question that will never have an answer, but two theories have emerged:

The Armstrongs

1. Money problems. Russell was facing a $1.5 million lawsuit, had no assets to his name and told People weeks before his death: "It got really overwhelming. When you get a TV show involved and all the pressure, it just takes it to a whole new level."

2. A tell-all book was reportedly on the way, according to Radar Online, that would have exposed Russell as a bisexual.

"There were people on the record that were going to talk about the kind of sex he liked," a source said. "He was into S&M type stuff; choking, rough-housing and slapping."

We hate to gossip in such a manner about the dead, but at times like this, it's hard not to wonder. Bravo, meanwhile, might delay the premiere of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as it considers all options in dealing with this tragedy.