Playboy founder Hugh Hefner was a “monster” who would stop at nothing to satisfy himself sexually, his ex-girlfriend Sondra Theodore claimed in the fourth episode of the 10-episode A&E documentary “Playboy Confidential,” which aired on Monday evening.
Theodore, who dated Hefner from 1976 to 1981, opened up in an episode about the abuse she said she endured while they were dating and the trauma she endured at the Playboy Mansion.
Among her claims were that Hefner forced her to sleep with other men and women while he was recording it, that she once caught him petting their dog, and that he expressed an interest in watching people get killed in snuff movies for fun.
“He was like a vampire, he sucked the life out of me. He really was a monster. The things that turned him on – nothing was enough. Nothing, said Theodore.
According to a shocking new documentary, Theodore is one of many Playboy Mansion insiders who allege in Secrets of Playboy that Hefner drugged dozens of young women and forced them to participate in humiliating orgies while masquerading as a proponent of sexual freedom.
Hugh Hefner’s ex-girlfriend Sondra Theodore opened up about the trauma she endured at the Playboy Mansion on a Monday night episode of Secrets of Playboy.
Theodore, who dated Hefner from 1976 to 1981, said that Hefner was a “monster” who was addicted to sex and would stop at nothing to get aroused.
Theodore said her tipping point came when Hefner started talking about getting sexual pleasure from watching snuff movies.
The docu-series, which premiered January 24 on A&E, helped lift the veil on Playboy’s “dark underside” and how its venues have become a seedy playground for drug use, sexual abuse and even bestiality.
“He told the public that even good girls like sex, healthy sex. And there was nothing healthy about having sex with Hefner because he went too far,” she said on Monday.
Theodore, now 65, tells how later in their relationship he forced her to have group sex in the mansion five nights a week while he was recording it. “I felt so insulted by having a man that I didn’t want to be forced on me,” she said.
Theodore, who claimed on last week’s episode that Hefner made her his “drug runner,” admitted to using cocaine to get what he wanted.
The documentary also shows how Hefner’s sexual interests sometimes bordered on even more sinister territory, including one of his dogs.
“I went in one day and he was [makes sexual hand gesture] our dog and I was like, what are you doing? And he said, “Well, dogs have needs.” And I went, stop it! Just stop it,” Theodore said.
Among her claims was that she once caught Hefner petting one of their dogs. The two of them were upstairs at the Playboy Tennis and Crumpet Party in 1977.
The docu-series, which premiered January 24 on A&E, helped lift the veil on Playboy’s dark underside.
“And I never left him alone with a dog again. I couldn’t believe what I saw. I couldn’t believe what I saw,” she added.
Theodore said her tipping point came when Hefner started talking about getting sexual pleasure from watching snuff films, which are first-person videos of people committing actual murders.
“What kind of mind has gone so far that you have to kill someone to get them excited about this big release? He opened my eyes to this monster. I mean he really was a monster,” she said.
According to Theodore, Hefner’s attitude towards women may have come from a disturbing source, Charles Manson, whose followers lived with him on his ranch and were suing for murder with him.
Theodore tells the film: “When we started dating in the 1970s, he (Hefner) was fascinated and obsessed with Charles Manson.
‘Couldn’t talk enough about him. Like this guy, these women who have been in prison for years and when they have a chance to get out, they still adore him and will love him until they die. Khef liked it.
According to Charmagne Leland-Saint. John Silbert, a former Playboy photographer, Hefner even had copies of the Manson family’s home videos.
She said that they were “made before the murders of girls with knives and guns on the ranch.”
Theodore said there were “so many similarities” in how Hefner used coercive control.
She said: “The way the girls followed everything he said, we were all a big happy family.”
Theodore is one of many Playboy Mansion insiders who claim in Secrets of Playboy that Hefner drugged dozens of young women and forced them to participate in humiliating orgies while masquerading as a sexual freedom fighter. Hefner was seen with the Playboy Bunnies in 1966.
Dean compared the Playboy Mansion to Las Vegas, stating that there is a misconception that it is “fun” and “cute” to think that “whatever happens in the mansion stays in the mansion”.
“He would say that if you could get along with everyone, we could be together forever.”
Alexandra Dean, director of Secrets of Playboy, told Yahoo Entertainment that Theodore was the hardest person to convince to join the documentary, noting that she was also the “main voice” of the series.
“What shocked me the most was the depth of her scars around what happened to her with Hef. It was so deep and that’s what convinced me more than anything that this is a much darker story than I originally started out with. Just looking at Sondra, listening to Sondra, you could hear all these traces of trauma,” she said.
She said that the five years that Hefner dated Theodore were “the height” of his debauchery and “I think that was also the peak of his drug use.” I think it opened up some things, or at least destroyed certain boundaries that he might have had otherwise. The real Hef came out with a roar… dark, she said.
Dean compared the Playboy Mansion to Las Vegas, stating that there is a misconception that it’s “fun” and “cute” to think that “whatever happens in the mansion stays in the mansion”.
“But when you look at what you’re really talking about, this is an insatiable sex addict who had to keep experimenting and pushing the boundaries of experimentation. There is nothing funny or cute about it. It’s cruel. It’s horrible. And there’s more to it than just misogyny,” she told the news outlet.
Previous allegations raised on the show were that VIP members of Playboy nightclubs were free to do whatever they pleased, including respected Soul Train host Don Cornelius, who allegedly held two Playboy Bunnies hostage and raped one of them.
“Rabbit Mother” P. J. Masten claims that the Cornelius incident was the worst she had ever heard of and that Hefner “knew all about it”.
Cornelius was in one of the clubs when two sisters, aged about 20 and 21, who had just started working there, attracted his attention, and he invited them to his place.
Masten said: “Don was in the club many times, many people saw him, so at that time they had no fear.
“These two young girls got into his Rolls-Royce and drove to his house. For three days there was no news from them, we could not understand where they were.
“They were separated, one locked in one room, the other in another. They were tied and bound.
“The sister heard her (the other sister) screaming. There were wooden objects she raped with, and she could hear her other sister being abused. It was terrible.’
Playboy Bunny’s former mother PJ Masten speaks of the “debauchery” that took place at the Playboy venues, recalling how porn star Lisa Lovelace was once drugged and forced to perform oral sex on a dog.
Ahead of the show’s premiere, Playboy sent a statement to Yahoo Entertainment to distance itself from Hefner and his actions.
One of the girls managed to get out and call her mother Bunny, but the incident was never reported to the police.
Masten said that Cornelius’ privileges were not even suspended and he returned to the club the following week.
The series also includes an interview with Linda Lovelace, the 1970s porn star of Deep Throat fame, who says she was treated like a “piece of meat” and forced to perform oral sex on a German Shepherd while Hefner and his friends watched. .
Playboy Bunny’s former mother PJ Masten said: “All the guys were laughing when she got out of the limousine. She was drunk and under the influence of drugs.
“Suddenly, out of nowhere, a German Shepherd appears. They drove her to the point where they forced her to perform oral sex on a German Shepherd. Do you want to talk about debauchery? It’s vile!
Lisa Loving Barrett, Hefner’s executive assistant in the late 1970s and 80s, said Hefner had a stockpile of Quaaludes, a strong sedative that Bill Cosby’s accusers claimed he drugged them with.
Barrett said that at the Playboy Mansion, drugs were known as “leg extenders” and were considered a “necessary evil” because they made women do just about anything.
Hefner had his own recipe, as did Barrett and the others who worked at the mansion, and Hefner collected them all and kept them in a drawer in his bedroom, ready to give to the women he brought there.
Barrett claimed that Hefner took small doses of the amphetamine Dexedrine every day to stay alert.
Cocaine was a “big deal” in the house, and there was a powder room next to the great hall, where there was a “heap of cocaine” under a decorative toilet paper holder.
According to Theodore, the drug was so widely available that one of Hefner’s poodles became addicted to it and licked it off the floor.
Ahead of the show’s premiere, Playboy sent a statement to Yahoo Entertainment distancing itself from Hefner and his actions.
“The Hefner family is no longer associated with Playboy, and today’s Playboy is not Hugh Hefner’s Playboy. We trust and recognize these women and their stories, and we strongly support those people who have shared their experiences,” the spokesman said. a store.
“As a sex-positive brand, we believe that safety, security and responsibility are paramount. The most important thing we can do right now is to actively listen and learn from their experience.”
“As an organization with more than 80 percent of its workforce made up of women, we are committed to confronting any parts of our heritage that do not reflect our values today and continue the progress we have made to grow as a company so that we can drive positive change for our people and our communities,” the statement said.