Taylor Armstrong stands accused of forging photos that allegedly depict her battered face following a beating by Russell Armstrong.
But the reality star stands by her accusations in an explosive interview that airs this evening on Entertainment Tonight. In it, she goes into detail regarding specific instances of abuse, saying of her late, troubled husband:
"He grabbed me by the neck and shoved me up against the wall, and he said, 'If you ever make my children a pizza without a vegetable again, I'll kill you.'"Aware of how some may view the publicizing of abuse from a man who isn't around to defend himself - and with whom she shares a five-year old daughter - Taylor says:
"He doesn't need my protection anymore, but there are a lot of women in this world who probably do," she said, subsequently taking us inside her petrified mindset:
"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."
And a few weeks later, of course, Russell killed himself. How did Taylor break the news to her child?
"I just told her that daddy got sick and he died, and that we could pick a star in the sky to be daddy, and she could talk to him every night."