Hugh Hefner’s son claimed the dark secrets recently revealed about the former Playboy CEO were a “case of regret becoming revenge,” but his widow confirmed that she “found” evidence correlating to the accusations against him.
A&E’s new docuseries “Secrets of Playboy” describes the “dark underbelly” of the company, which was reportedly a drug-fueled breeding ground for predatory behavior, sexual abuse, and even beastiality, while helmed by Hefner.
Former playmates, employees, and Hefner’s paramours came forward with tales of drugged women, nightly orgies, “Pig Nights” with ugly prostitutes, and revenge porn.
Hefner’s son Cooper spoke out in his father’s defense, with a claim that all sexual activity at the Playboy mansion was consensual.
“Some may not approve of the life my Dad chose, but my father was not a liar,” Cooper posted. “However unconventional, he was sincere in his approach and lived honestly. He was generous in nature and cared deeply for people. These salacious stories are a case study of regret becoming revenge.”
Hef’s former girlfriend and playmate, Holly Madison, 42, called the environment of the mansion
“cult-like,” and accused the Playboy founder of taking nude photos of women and vistors during sex acts, and retaining them for the purpose of blackmail.
“When I lived at the mansion, I was afraid to leave. Something that was always lingering in the back of my mind, I think since the very beginning, was that if I left there was just this mountain of revenge porn just waiting to come out,” she claimed.
His widow Crystal, 35, who Hefner was married to from 2012 until his death at 91 in 2015, confirmed that Madison’s allegations were true.
“I found thousands of those disposable camera photos you are talking about @hollymadison,” she tweeted. “I immediately ripped them up and destroyed every single one of them for you and the countless other women in them. They’re gone.”
Thank you @crystalhefner https://t.co/10dDxmGBZy
— Holly Madison (@hollymadison) January 25, 2022
Playboy, which is no longer owned by the Hefner family, condemned their founder’s “abhorrent” actions.