Denounce “unsubstantiated allegationsFrom the recently released A&E documentary series “Secrets of Playboy,” hundreds of women signed their names to an open letter published Tuesday by People magazine. The list includes Hefner’s ex-girlfriends and employees, as well as the magazine’s models and the “Rabbitswho furnished his clubs and other properties.
“From all we know of Hef, he was a person of integrity, exceptional kindness, and devotion to free thought.“, reads the letter, adding that the founder of the iconic lifestyle brand”demonstrated a commitment to living an honest life above all else” and that they looked back fondly on their time with Playboy and its satellite entities.
Among the women to sign the letter was Hefner’s second ex-wife, Kimberley Conrad, who was married to the mogul for nine years, separated for 11 years and finally divorced in 2009. Despite the breakup, she did not appear to have a ill will towards her. late ex, instead calling those women who had been “emboldened to rewrite the truth at the expense of another person’s character.”
I am especially saddened that these accounts shed light on the real victims of sexual abuse and I hope that in time those who sell lies to defame Hef will find peace in their own lives.
A preview of the show refers to the Playboy founder as a “predator” and one “master manipulator” Who “ruined women’s lives.“Its stars include Holly Madison, formerly of Hefner”#1 girlfriend‘, who previously claimed in a tell-all book about their six-year relationship that he offered her $3 million not to leave him.
In the A&E series, this claim turns into allegations that she was afraid to leave because Hefner kept a “mountain of revenge pornwhich he would not hesitate to deploy against her.
Another former girlfriend, Sondra Theodore, seems shocked that Hefner, whom she calls a “crazy“, has been “obsessed with sex” – although sex is at the center of the Playboy brand – and claims that it “saw the devil in him.”
A&E itself features a statement at the end of each episode of “Secrets of Playboy”, acknowledging that although the show contains numerous allegations of wrongdoing by Hefner and his associates, the “the vast majority of the allegations have not been investigated or criminally charged, and they do not constitute proof of guilt.”
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Despite the support of so many who worked and played under Hefner, the Playboy company itself seemed keen to distance itself from the man who made it a world-famous name, issuing a statement insisting that “today’s Playboy is not Hugh Hefner’s Playboyand emphasizing that the company is “managed by a workforce of more than 80% women.” However, as a brand focused on satisfying male sexuality, Playboy has always employed a large number of women.
Hefner’s son, Cooper, also came to his father’s defense, taking to Twitter to confuse the “salacious” Tales told by the A&E docuseries. Such stories area case study where regret becomes revenge“, he tweeted.
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