Now that she's on her book tour for her memoir, Hiding From Reality: My Story of Love, Loss and Finding the Courage Within, that was released Tuesday—perfectly timed to coincide with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion shows—Taylor Armstrong has been telling her tale of her troubled marriage to her late husband Russell to various media outlets (Today, The View, Entertainment Tonight to name just a few). What The Daily Beast's Diane Dimond—who also interviewed Taylor—has discovered is that her accounts of the events don't always add up, something that Taylor's fellow Housewives have hinted at during this past season, and again on last night's installment of the three-part reunion show. In her book, she's published the specific dates on which the more violent episodes of abuse occurred. We were able to dig up photos of Taylor at parties following these events and her appearance is not consistent with someone who has a severe black eye or a dislocated jaw.
Dimond makes several good points, and although none of them prove anything one way or another, they definitely cast doubt on Taylor's allegations and reasons for writing the book. (Taylor claims she wrote the book to help other victims of domestic violence, others believe it's to cash in on a tragedy, as she inked her book deal just three weeks after Russell committed suicide.) The first is regarding an alleged beating that occurred on June 11, 2011, from which Taylor was so badly injured that she nearly lost her eye. Back in September, Taylor discussed the incident on Dr. Phil, saying that she was beaten when the couple returned home from the Four Seasons after celebrating her 40th birthday. When speaking to The Daily Beast, she says the abuse happened in their hotel room. Dimond notes that the next day, Taylor tweeted: