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updated 9/14/2011 6:55:56 PM ET 2011-09-14T22:55:56

“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” stars Camille Grammer, Kyle Richards and Lisa Vanderpump are speaking out about the alleged abuse of co-star Taylor Armstrong by her late estranged husband, Russell Armstrong.

“Shocking,” Vanderpump told AccessHollywood.com’s Laura Saltman on Wednesday when asked about graphics images of their co-star with a black eye, an injury Taylor claims was caused by the late Russell, who committed suicide last month.

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“I was over at her house [approximately] three weeks after it happened, and I was devastated and upset for her that she went through this,” Grammer said.

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“It’s very hard to accept that, to look at that,” Vanderpump said of the photos that were reportedly sold to a TV show.

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“Very difficult photos to look at,” Richards added.

Vanderpump said she was with Taylor Armstrong the same day the alleged violence took place.

“I was with her that night that all this ensued and they looked to be in a good place,” Vanderpump recalled. “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.”

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Vanderpump explained that she was with Taylor and Russell at a party, but declined to say if the couple had been drinking. Vanderpump said that Taylor had to undergo surgery after the alleged incident.

Saltman asked the Bravo stars about Taylor’s apparent decision to release and sell the photographs.

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“That’s something you’d have to ask Taylor, but I mean, she does have a child to support,” Richards said, referring to Taylor’s 5-year-old daughter, Kennedy.

“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,” Vanderpump added. “So, I think we have to be supportive in whatever choices she makes.”

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Grammer agreed with her co-star, saying, “[Taylor] is under so much scrutiny and all we need to do is just support her as much as we can.”

Richards added, “She’s going through so much right now.”

On Wednesday, a rep for Taylor Armstrong told Access he could not comment on the reported sale of the graphic images.

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Video: Foul play in death of ‘Housewives’ husband?

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    >>> we'll begin with the death of the husband of real housewives beverly hills star taylor armstrong . the death was ruled a suicide, but now russell armstrong 's sister is claiming her brother did not kill himself . miguel almaguer is in los angeles with the latest on this story.

    >> reporter: betwegood morning. while his newly released autopsy declares his death a suicide, his sister says there is no doubt her brother was murdered.

    >> i'm married to russell armstrong . he's a venture capitalist and investment banker .

    >> what's the latest with your little company?

    >> reporter: on real housewives of beverly hills , their marriage was seen crumbling.

    >> russell and i are so disconnected lately.

    >> reporter: reality stars russell and taylor armstrong were in the middle of a divorce when last month his body was found hanging inside this hollywood hills home. russell 's wife was there during the 911 call.

    >> it's all right, it's all right.

    >> it's not all right. oh, my god.

    >> reporter: his death would be ruled a suicide.

    >> it was his choice.

    >> reporter: but russell 's sister says it was murder.

    >> from the minute i got the call, i knew that it was not suicide.

    >> reporter: lori kelso was planning to visit her brother in the days before he died.

    >> i wished i had gone, but --

    >> reporter: she says he would have never left his children behind despite any trouble he may have been in.

    >> i don't know if it was something within the marriage. i don't know if it was business. or the show. who knows.

    >> reporter: russell was said to be in deep debt before he died. the couple's glitzy glamorous lifestyle, more show than reality.

    >> i would say our marriage is about 80% business and 20% romance.

    >> reporter: according to an autopsy report released wednesday, russell was depressed due to financial and relationship problems. the coroner's report says there was no sign of foul play. and orange extension cord was found wrapped twice between his neck, his bruised legs between a bench. the founder of the website called the fix says he was trying to broker a deal with his company just days before he tied.

    >> that's not the attitude of a man who is thinking of killing himself in a week.

    >> reporter: today for russell armstrong 's family, shock and grief have turned it questions. they say if the death wasn't suicide, it must have been murder. this morning the lapd says they have no new information that would make them reopen this case, but that's exactly what russell armstrong 's family wants. they say they'll hire a private detective to help dig up new information about what they call, quote, the truth behind his death.

    >> sounds like a story that