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Hiding from Reality: My Story of Love

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong appeared on NBC’s The Today Show this morning during which she openly discussed her book, the alleged abuse by deceased husband Russell Armstrong, and fired back at her sister-in-law Laurie Kelsoe, who most recently called her a gold-digging liar.

First, Russell’s sister Laurie also spoke to the Today Show, stating Russell always denied ever abusing Taylor. Laurie then stated she wanted to know why Taylor is releasing her tell-all memoir… now that Russell is no longer here to defend himself.

The Today Show co-host Savannah Guthrie posed that question to Taylor who responded: “I don’t feel that his sister has much knowledge of what went on in our relationship. The last time I saw her, we had just taken her out of rehab for Meth. And she had been a Meth addict for about five years, and we were married for about six. So I’m not really sure that she had her finger on the pulse of what was going on.”

When asked if she ever considered not making the gruesome abuse details public, Taylor said: “I absolutely thought of that. You know, what should I do, what to write? What not? But those really raw moments are what’s going to allow me to make a conversation that could end up hopefully helping somebody else out there. I got out way too late and I’m hoping by others hearing my story, they might decide to get out sooner.”

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Taylor continued: “You know I went as far as taking a polygraph test just to try and prove to him that I never had an affair on him. But he just had this constant paranoia. And as they were unstrapping me from the polygraph test, I thought why am I taking a polygraph for someone I love? But I was so desperate to keep it together that I would have gone to any extreme.”

When asked about her lowest point in the marriage, Taylor alleged it was when Russell “knocked my jaw out of the socket.” She added: “I would say whenever I was on my knees over a toilet with my jaw not in the place that it was supposed to be, there was saliva running out of my mouth and I was thinking to myself, ‘How am I not going to call an ambulance. How am I going to protect him? I don’t want him to go to jail. What do I do if I can’t get my jaw back in place?’ Just being over a toilet and feeling like the only thing I could think of was forget my jaw, I just want to protect him.”

Taylor once again stated she did the RHOBH reality show because she thought the cameras would protect her from the abuse. When asked if Russell was against her doing the show, Taylor said: “No no, he loved it. He loved being in the media. He would wake up everyday and go to his Blackberry. The first thing he would do is look at his Google Alerts with his name in it. He really loved seeing his name in the news. That’s just kind of the person he was.”

Taylor also insists that she still loves Russell despite it all. “I love him to this day and I miss him terribly.”

Taylor’s new book — “Hiding From Reality: My Story of Love, Loss & Finding the Courage Within” — is scheduled to be released tomorrow.

Meanwhile Russell’s lawyer Ronald Richards sent out this interesting tweet last week: “The only way Taylor Armstrong can prove Russell A. battered her is by releasing her medical records that coincide with her plastic surgery.”

Ronald also tweeted this today: “It is not a coincidence that Taylor never filed a FALSE police report / decl. in her divorce she was a victim of DV. It is a crime to do so.” The video of Taylor’s interview is below.

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A day after news broke of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kim Richards entering rehab, a new report now states she was forced to seek help by Bravo.

According to RadarOnline, Bravo did not want another tragedy on their hands following the tragic suicide of Russell Armstrong back in August, and therefore told Kim she had to go to rehab… immediately.

“After Russell Armstrong’s suicide Bravo is trying to making sure that nothing bad happens to the people on their shows,” a source said. “They don’t want any more tragedies on their hands.” The source, however, claims that Bravo was also concerned about Kim’s health. “The network people were worried about her and wanted her to try and fix her problems.”

“The pressures the women face being on the show are enormous. Kim was basically told that if she wanted to stay on the show then she had to get help, so she did,” continues the source. “Kim doesn’t have any other significant source of income and she needs to keep her job on the show.”

Star magazine first broke the news two weeks ago that Bravo was planning to give Kim an ultimatum to get help if she wanted to remain on the show.

In other RHOBH news, Taylor Armstrong has unveiled the cover (posted below) of her upcoming memoir — Hiding from Reality: My Story of Love, Loss and Finding the Courage Within.

In a statement to PEOPLE, Taylor tells us what we can expect from the book which is due out February 2012. “My book takes readers behind the glamour of Beverly Hills to show them the terrible violence I suffered, and the slow and painful process of rebuilding my shattered life,” Taylor states. “I want readers in abusive relationships to learn from my suffering and use my book to help them find their own courage within.”

During Taylor’s appearance on Watch What Happens Live, she offered words of support to her costar Kim. “I adore Kim and I stand behind her,” said Taylor to Andy Cohen. “And if there’s anything I can do to support her [I will]; but if she’s getting healthy what more could we ask.”

Meanwhile, Adrienne Maloof also offered her support to Kim. “I wish her well. It’s a step in the right direction,” said Adrienne to UsWeekly.

How is Kyle Richards handling the latest news? “Kyle is doing okay. Even though Kathy [Hilton] is not on the show, I know that they are close,” a source tells UsWeekly. “It must be very difficult for Kyle and Kathy and their families.”

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