“Most shows that were offered the picture did not want to pay anywhere close to that,” says a source. Sources go on to confirm what has been widely reported which is that Taylor is broke and desperate for money. “She’s broke,” added the source. Both Taylor’s reps and ET declined to comment on the story.
As for what we can expect from Taylor’s ET interview with Nancy O’Dell tomorrow, she will reportedly open up on how Russell abused her and what led to the particular incident from which the abuse photos came from.
The HollywoodLife reports that Taylor told ET Russell never hit her in front of their 5-year-old daughter Kennedy. Something Taylor reveals she is grateful for. ET also revealed that Russell tried to change his will six weeks before his death, but never finished. It’s likely that attempted change came about after Taylor filed for divorce.
Following the release of Taylor’s abuse photos, her RHOBH costars are also speaking out about it. “Shocking,” said Lisa Vanderpump to Access Hollywood. “It’s very hard to accept that, to look at that.” Kyle Richards adds, “Very difficult photos to look at.”
Lisa goes on to reveal that she was actually at Taylor’s home the night the alleged abuse took place. “I was with her that night that all this ensued and they looked to be in a good place,” Lisa recalled declining to answer if the couple had been drinking that night. “It was very confusing, their relationship and you see that on the show. … They were in a good place when I left them at 1:30 in the morning. They were in a good place, absolutely.”
When asked about Taylor’s decision to release and sell the photos, Kyle tried to remain diplomatic. “That’s something you’d have to ask Taylor, but I mean, she does have a child to support,” said Kyle.
“She has been left with this crumbling kind of deck of cards of a facade, that not only did she lose the father of her child, her support, her whole lifestyle and everything crumbled around her,” stated Lisa. “So, I think we have to be supportive in whatever choices she makes.”
There are reports that Russell hit Taylor that night after she told him her friends would be going to the cops if she did not divorce him. Following the abuse, Taylor reportedly decided to divorce Russell while in the hospital.
Meanwhile a new episode of the RHOBH airs tonight on Bravo at 9/8c. On the third episode this season, Adrienne experiences a full-court press when her family must make crucial decisions that could result in their NBA team moving to a rival city. Meanwhile, Kim’s offbeat behavior puts the focus on potential problems in her personal life. A preview clip is below –
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON TAYLOR SELLING THE ABUSE PHOTOS? AND THOUGHTS ON TONIGHT’S NEW EPISODE?
We all remember that very first episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, when Taylor Armstrong shocked the viewing public by describing her marriage as “80% business, 20% pleasure,” well apparently there is more truth to that statement than initially suspected.
In the continuing tragedy ofRussell Armstrong’s life and death, The Daily Beast conducted an in-depth investigation into Russell and Taylor’s financial dealings, interviewing legitimate sources who actually identified themselves by name. Sadly, in light of the investigation, it seems Taylor was a driving force behind many of Russell’s business ventures and was an active player in allegedly scamming investors.
The Armstrongs, who married in 2005, welcomed their daughter Kennedy into the world soon after. Taylor, who was on her fourth name change by the time she became Mrs. Armstrong, apparently used her “maiden name,” Ford, to imply she was a wealthy member of the Ford Motor Company family. Tom Crosswaite, a long-time business associate of Russell’s who invested heavily in two of his companies, on Taylor’s ever-shifting identity: “She’s from Oklahoma, for goodness sakes! And she’s changed her name from Shana Hughes to Shanna Taylor to Taylor Ford to Taylor Armstrong. She wants you to think she’s a dumb blonde but she’s not!”
Taylor, described as more than “arm candy” by sources, was part of a complicated scam to rope in potential investors using fraudulent information about her past; thus misrepresented her affiliations. Russell and Taylor whose history of grifting came out in the press during the first season of RHoBH soon became embroiled in lawsuits and accusations about their shady dealings and manipulative ways from former acquaintances and business partners, including a history of filing bankruptcy and misappropriating investor money.
Currently MyMedicalRecords.com (MMR) has filed suit and complaint against the Armstrongs in Superior Court of California alleging: “Russell engaged in “self-dealing” and, “in concert with Taylor,” the couple “secretly funnel[ed]” money to themselves to fund their “lavish lifestyle, redecorate their mansion…and become business colleagues of (actress) Eva Longoria, in an upscale restaurant.” (The couple openly bragged about owning 51% of Beso, the restaurant owned by Eva Longoria, but documents show Taylor invested $11,000 – or 2%.)
“Taylor’s most blatant tactic was to tell people that she was a member of the prestigious Ford family and by implication put a stamp of approval on her husband’s proposed investments.” Through this pseudo-affiliation with a prestigious family, she ” falsely claimed others in the family were major investors in Russell’s business dealings.”
Through her attorney, notorious celeb lawyer, Martin Singer (whose clients include Charlie Sheen); Taylor, denies that she ever portrayed herself as a member of “the Ford Motor Company family,” and Singer maintains that his client has always represented herself as coming “humble beginnings.”
A long-time friend of Russell’s, Dr John Franks, remembers Russell as “happy go lucky” before Taylor:
“After Taylor came into Russell’s life, however, with her expensive tastes and demands for costly jewels, clothes, and fancy vacations, Russell’s carefree days were behind him, and Franks says his friend submerged himself in more investment plays. Once The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills came into their lives later, Taylor required cosmetic enhancements, a stylist, a maid, a nanny, landscapers, and pool attendants—all designed to showcase her in the best possible light for the TV public.” Franks continues, asserting that Taylor required an “$11,000 a month nut for the house and staff.”
To help garner capital to support her expensive requirements, Dr. Franks reveals of Taylor: “She’d go around working the crowd, especially the guys, mentioning her Ford family connection. She would set up the presentations at the Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, rent the room, make sure there were hors d’oeuvres and drinks. And he would make the presentation”
According to Beverly Hills real-estate entrepreneur, Philip Elghanian, Russell and Taylor attempted to purchase a home from him through a lease to own type deal and the keys were turned over to them with the promise of payment. After months of waiting for a signed contract that was never returned he attempted to evict them and was immediately served with papers from the couple demanding he pay them $75,000 for renovations they made to the home, despite never being given permission to make said reservations.
Elghanian reports: “Taylor said, ‘My best friend is the decorator on this house. We’ve already paid him $50,000. We’ve already bought the wallpaper.’” According to Elghanian’s account, “My lawyer finally said to pay them because they’ll tie you up in court forever at a huge cost.”
The supposed decorator and best friend, John Wiltgen; well the Armstrongs defrauded him too – with Taylor at the helm! “They were telling people I was their designer but they never signed the contract I sent them. They picked out furniture and fabrics … but they never paid for any of it. They never paid me a dime [but] they did offer me some more MMR stock. And Taylor can’t say she didn’t know because she was standing right there smiling.” Oops, busted again, Tay-Tay.
Robert H. Lorsch, a wealthy LA businessman who invested in MMR, the most recent company Russell was attempting to start, recounts that Russell left the partnership “under a cloud of missing money.” An investigation into their shady dealings with the company attracted attention when another associate’s wife was confronted by Taylor in the ladies room at a restaurant, where Taylor “completely broke down … [She] told her how Russell was in a bankruptcy and she was unsure about how it would affect her friendships with people who had invested with them.” Lorsch hired a private investigator to track down this bankruptcy and discovered over $1M that never made it into the company’s accounts. Including $10,000 from a elderly widow Taylor had deposited into the account of a separate company headed by Russell, “which utilized Taylor’s services.”
After being confronted quietly by the board of directors at MMR, Russell AND Taylor signed a settlement agreement requiring them to list every investor they had gotten money from and relinquish all their shares of MMR stock. “It’s very rare to have the wife of an executive sign a settlement—but we had to,” recounts Lorsch. “Her fingerprints were everywhere.”
An additional internal audit conducted by MMR which led to the pending lawsuit against the Armstrongs, revealed that Taylor did a lot of spending while Russell was supposedly in bankruptcy. The audit uncovered that in April and June of 2007, Taylor wrote a $20,000 check to a charity and put another large sum in an offshore Cook Island account for the “Taylor Family Trust,” meanwhile MMR was missing millions in unaccounted for investor money.
The article goes onto speculate that the couple might have come through the bankruptcy “with flying colors,” and Taylor could benefit mightily from some of Russell’s undisclosed financial investments (although his attorney, Ron Richards has previously stated he was virtually penniless at the time of death), including an investment in a film company Russell bragged to associates about receiving $200M from! I wonder if that money is in the “Taylor Family Trust,” as well?
Photo credit: WENN
Thoughts on Taylor’s involvements swindling investors? Are you surprised? Do you believe the couple was hiding monetary assets?
It had been reported that Taylor, 40, was angling to give her first interview toBarbara Waltersbut RadarOnline is now reporting that interview didn’t pan out as Taylor reportedly had too many demands for the veteran journalist.
“Taylor had a list of demands that Walters just wasn’t willing to go along with. Taylor didn’t want to be grilled about her participation on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills possibly contributing to Russell’s suicide,” a source close to the situation reveals. “She didn’t want to be put on the hot seat regarding her spending habits. In the end, Entertainment Tonight was able to come to an agreement with Taylor that she was extremely comfortable with.”
Taylor’s interview with ET will air next Tuesday on September 20. According to ET, Taylor will open up to Nancy O’Dell about the bruises that she says were caused by her late husband. A source close to Taylor states that she underwent Lasik eye surgery on July 5. And just days later, the source claims she was hit by Russell so hard that her corneal flap was dislocated.
Taylor was not seen in public for the remainder of July as her injuries healed. Her first public appearance after that was on August 1, at a press tour promoting season two of the RHOBH.
ET is also reporting that when Russell, 47, showed up at the hospital, Taylor claimed she suffered the injuries when she was kicked in face by their 5-year-old daughter Kennedy. Therefore, the attending doctor did not report any abuse.
It’s more than likely Taylor was paid for the interview and/or the abuse photos. And speaking of those abuse photos, Russell’s sister Laurie Kelsoe is now speaking out about them and against Taylor.
“I think it’s bullsh*t,” Laurie tells the RumorFix about the photos which she admits she has yet to see. Laurie goes on to question Taylor’s intentions. “Why didn’t she file a police report?” Laurie asks. “I think she needs to let it rest — I mean the poor guy’s dead!”
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST? WILL YOU WATCH TAYLOR’S FIRST INTERVIEW?
On last night’s episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, the ladies hit the slopes in Colorado. Lisa and Taylor continue their passive aggressive feud to dominate Kyle’s friendship by trying to out-mean girl each other. And Kyle and Kim try to make some headway in their badly tarnished relationship.
Kyle is moving to a new 7,000 square foot house and she feels this is meant to be her house – in fact she stalked it because she feels connected to its energy. Too bad the house couldn’t get a restraining order! Kyle shows Portia a beautifully framed portrait of Kyle and Mauricio on their wedding day and despite a recent blind item hinting that they may not be so in love, I hope that’s not the case! Kyle’s bestie and decorator, Faye Resnick (looking as be-nipped and tucked as ever) shows up to help the Umansky’s move and make some decisions about where Mauricio’s pool table can go – only in the garage since furniture is more important than man cavedom. Faye discovers amongst Kyle’s possessions an enormous self-portrait. Here’s hoping she’s not arrogant enough to hang that up on the walls! Yikes!
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Weeks after it was reported that Taylor Armstronghad taken photos of the physical abuse she allegedly suffered at the hands of her estranged husband Russell Armstrong, photos of the battered reality star have now been released.
According to ET, the photos of Taylor, 40, were taken as she lay in a hospital bed, getting surgery. ET states the “exclusive photos” were taken by a friend.
An expert reveals the injuries were likely caused by a “fist to the eye or somebody taking her head from the back and forcing her into something.” ET promises to air its special investigation on Tuesday.
Taylor first went public with her domestic abuse claims back in July two weeks after filing for divorce. Russell admitted back then to pushing his wife but claimed it “happened in the heat of the moment.” Since then, court records have revealed two of Russell’s exes (an ex-wife and an ex-girlfriend) also accused him of physical abuse years ago.
More shocking photos of Taylor below.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE PHOTOS? DO YOU NOW BELIEVE TAYLOR’S ABUSE CLAIMS?
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RadarOnline is reporting that Adrienne, who comes from the very wealthy Maloof family, is currently in financial trouble and is being forced to downgrade her lavish lifestyle.
“She is cutting back on every aspect of her luxurious lifestyle,” a source says reveals about Adrienne who is married to plastic surgeon Paul Nassif. “Adrienne and Paul lead an extravagant life, but they’re having money troubles and are looking for ways to scale back their opulence.”
The source adds that Adrienne is taking both small and drastic measures to cut back on her expenses. “She’s cut back on household staff, using people in the house only for the bare minimum requirements,” the source states. “Adrienne and Paul argue all the time but now that the economy is bad and their personal fortunes are dwindling they’re making serious adjustments to their lifestyle.” Ai ya ya.
Pretty shocking report as the Maloof family owns a NBA team as well as luxury hotels, a record company, and other business entities.
In other news, Russell Armstrong’ssister Laurie Kelsoeis speaking out against Taylor Armstrong once again, this time threatening to sue her if she dare writes anything that slanders her brother. Laurie is speaking in reference to a book that Taylor is planning to write (reportedly about domestic violence).
“Taylor had better check with our family before writing any type of book disparaging my brother or she will get sued! She is ruthless and a gold-digger!” Laurie tells HollywoodLife.
“I thought she was mourning the loss of Russell, instead she is busy shopping around a book deal and shopping around her story to any media outlet who will pay her. It is so unethical! She said she never filed any police reports when my brother allegedly hit her because she wanted to protect their daughter Kennedy. Well obviously she doesn’t care about protecting Kennedy anymore. She is so desperate for fame and money, she will do and say whatever it takes,” adds Laurie.
In a separate interview with the Rumor Fix, Laurie reveals she is planning to sue Bravo. As we have reported, Taylor got the book deal before Russell’s passing.
In more RHOBH news, a blind item was posted about a RHOBH married couple on the rocks, and many fans of the show are now wondering who that couple is. The full blind item from CDAN is below –
“Which RH Beverly Hills couple, despite giving off the appearance of being the most in love actually have the most marital issues and none of it began until the show did, which is ironic considering…. Half the time the couple does not even sleep in the same bed together.”
And finally, a new episode of the RHOBH is set to air tonight on Bravo at 9/8c. On the second episode this season titled, ‘Blame It On The Altitude,’ Camille seeks respite from the public dramas of her life by hitting the ski slopes with the 90210 ladies. The snow bunnies also bask in some hot-tub relaxation, but the drama heats up when one wife details her problems.
A preview clip is below –
TELL US – DO YOU BELIEVE THE REPORT ABOUT ADRIENNE? THOUGHTS ON THE BLIND ITEM, LAURIE’S COMMENTS, AND TONIGHT’S NEW EPISODE?
In the wake of Russell Armstrong’s suicide, several of the castmembers of Real Housewives of New York City spoke to PEOPLE offering their sympathy and support to Taylor Armstrong and defending Bravo against any allegations that reality TV may have been involved in Russell’s decision to take his own life. Since the casting, apparently, hasn’t been “officially” finalized yet – I guess these ladies are doing some sucking up!
Taking a break from Pinot-ing, Ramona Singer, offered her perspective: “I think it is very tragic. But I don’t think that the reality show is to blame for his unfortunate death. I think he had problems. And it’s sad when someone has so many problems, they feel the only way they can eliminate their pain is by taking their life.”
Krazy Kelly Bensimon, also offered her support to the network paying her bills, declaring: “I would never blame it on the show.” Just like she didn’t “blame” the show for forcing her to go on Scary Island and be subjected to “systematic bullying”? Anyways, in a shocking turn, Ms. Bensimon went on to give an insightful statement about what Russell’s reasons: “You don’t know what happens behind closed doors. And no one can judge. It’s no one’s job to do that. A lot of people speculate.”
Also extending statements of support and empathy, Sonja Morgan relayed: “My heart goes out to her [Taylor] and I’m here for her. But I never intrude,” Sonja explained. “She knows I’m here, but sometimes being helpful is just staying out of someone’s business.”
Alex McCord, on the other hand, took the classy (am I allowed to use the dread “C” word to describe her?) approach – declining to comment at all, stating: “I don’t even feel comfortable talking about that publicly.”
And noticeably absent from the roster of RHoNYC castmembers speaking about the events is theJill Zarin! Could it be… that Jill, who is rumored to be hiding out vacationing in Italy with husband, Bawby has been … dropped from the lineup?! Likely not, given that Andy Cohen is still vacationing happily instead of entering the Witness Protection Program!
Which brings me to my next bit of news, unfortunately for all us former fans, The NY Post is now reporting that Bravo is feeling skittish about involving any new housewives in the franchise – despite some attempts to recast in the hopes of including more “downtown types.” As you recall, with the exception of last season’s newbie Cindy Bore-shop, there have been no offical rumors speculating about who Bravo was considering replacing, however a source reveals: “They looked at over 30 women, and narrowed it to three [new cast members].”
But after the unexpected tragedy with Russell Armstrong, the network became nervous about shaking things up; and especially concerned about informing castmembers they were out. “The last thing they need right now are more surprises,” the source explains. “The first one to get axed is going to write a book, and these girls know the secrets of production. The show’s still working on some level, even if Bravo is tired of the story lines.”
A rep from Bravo confirms the last statement, explaining: “Production was pushed, as we are finalizing some details for the new season. The cast will be notified once shooting is about to commence.”
Soon to be fired castmember Cindy also echoed that sentiment, telling the HollywoodLife blog that Bravo will be making the casting decision this week. “Obviously nobody’s got it going down right now, but soon — probably another week everybody will know,” said Cindy late last week.
A Bravo insider reveals the network has to send a letter notifying the cast members that their options have been picked up. The women then have the choice to accept the offer. “After the girls accept, that’s when Bravo would announce season five,” the insider says. “The girls will be notified right before filming begins.”
And there you have it. I guess, Bravo already knows what to expect from the current crazy … Too bad they can’t trust that the fans are all really tired of the storylines and the ladies, as well. Perhaps if the ratings take a nosedive that will get Cohen, et al to finally wake up! Or we could always start a Twitition…
Do you think Bravo will recast any of the ladies except Cindy? Are you surprised by the network’s reaction? Will you be watching if the cast (and the subsequent storylines) remain the same?
RadarOnline reports the book was intended to be about her alleged physical abuse, but Taylor, who is desperate for money decided to include photos of her injuries.
“Taylor’s acting like she’s not trying to bank off Russell’s suicide, but by including photos of her injuries after he allegedly beat her, that’s exactly what she’ll be doing,” an insider told Radar. “It’s no secret that Taylor’s been strapped for cash since Russell died, and since she hasn’t received the advance on her book yet, a few of the Housewives have been helping her out financially.”
The source adds that Taylor is hoping to have the book out by November, in time for the holidays. “Not only is Taylor going to write about her own personal experiences, but she wants to spotlight other celebrities who have been involved in domestic abuse situations.”
However, we are not so certain whether this book deal is an attempt by Taylor to capitalize off Russell’s suicide as we reported last week that Taylor actually tweeted about the book deal days before Russell’s passing. While including the pictures of the alleged abuse might be a different story, this book deal was in the works before the suicide.
In other Taylor news, Radar is also reporting today that during filming for the RHOBH, Taylor got so drunk at one point that she was almost hospitalized for alcohol poisoning. And it was all caught on tape.
“Taylor was so upset about the state of her then marriage that she got very, very intoxicated,” an insider revealed “This wasn’t normal behavior at all for her. She was so drunk that she probably should have gone to the hospital. She is so tiny, and hadn’t eaten a lot that day, which only made the situation worse. Taylor felt that she didn’t need medical attention though and refused to go to the hospital.”
And finally, the latest issue of Life & Style magazine is reporting that Taylor is too devastated to eat. The mag reports that following Russell’s passing on Aug. 15, Taylor has all but forgotten about food citing the fact that she had to be carried out of the Aug. 24 funeral service because she was too weak to stand.
“Her clothes were hanging off her,” notes an onlooker. “She’s really emaciated. Her whole face was sunken in.”
TELL US – IF TAYLOR WAS INDEED ABUSED BY RUSSELL, IS IT HER RIGHT TO INCLUDE THE ABUSE PHOTOS IN THE BOOK? OR SHOULD SHE NOT?