(November 26, 2011) – Richard Johnson, the genius gossip columnist who spent a lifetime at Page Six before heading west and taking over the LA bureau of The Daily, published a very interesting item yesterday about Russell and Taylor Armstrong of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Because there is no point in rewriting or repacking the words of a truly great society writer, here is the entire text:
“In the final days before he hanged himself, Russell Armstrong — whose wife Taylor stars on “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” — was desperate to clean up his image.
The beleaguered businessman, whose marriage collapsed during filming of season two of the show, wanted wiped from the Internet stories alleging he beat his wife, was millions in debt, and was gay. (A Google search of “Russell Armstrong gay” earlier this week produced 6.17 million results.)
“He went to a guy in Las Vegas who specializes in getting negative stuff off the Internet,” said one source. His attempts involved search engine optimization, which can be used to improve the visibility of Web pages — or, in some cases, creating new Web pages to bump negative stories down where they won’t be found.
Sin City-based SEO specialist Steven Barket confirmed to Flash, “I did a little research, but that was it. He was never a client.”
An associate of Armstrong’s told Flash: “When I called Steven, he said it would take the rest of his life to clean up Russell’s image.”
Russell, 47, committed suicide Aug. 15, a month after Taylor had filed for divorce, leaving their daughter Kennedy, 5, with no father.
On this week’s awkward “Real Housewives,” Camille Grammer accused Taylor of lying about Russell beating her as part of her divorce strategy. “You need to be honest, because that’s not cool,” Grammer told her at a tea party thrown by Lisa Vanderpump that was taped before Russell’s suicide.
Kyle Richards also piled on, adding: “Unless I know [she’s being abused] as a fact, I can’t judge. She’s my friend, but it’s not matching up to me.” We can’t wait to tune into the reunion special.”
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