Crystal Hefner, Hugh Hefner’s widow, has confirmed a disturbing claim by Holly Madison in the new A&E documentary series “Secrets of Playboy.”
In the series, Madison — who dated Hugh Hefner from 2001 to 2008 and co-starred in his 2005 reality show, “The Girls Next Door” — admitted her fear about breaking up with Hugh Hefner in fear he would leak nude photos of her that he had taken on a disposable camera without her consent.
Madison has also stated prior that a massive amount of Hefner’s photos were taken by fellow Playboy Playmates as well.
“I found thousands of those disposable camera photos you are talking about,” Crystal Hefner tweeted Monday at Madison.
“I immediately ripped them up and destroyed every single one of them for you and the countless other women in them. They’re gone.”
To which Madison publicly thanked Crystal Hefner’s actions.
For years, Madison has been sharing her experiences as Hugh Hefner’s “main girlfriend” for years. If you’ve been living under a rock, Hefner dated multiple women at once.
In her 2015 memoir, ”Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny,” Madison said that living with Hefner at his infamous Playboy Mansion was chock-full of “misery” which led to depression and thoughts of suicide.
“Everyone thinks that the infamous metal gate was meant to keep people out,” she wrote in her book. “But I grew to feel it was meant to lock me in.”
In “Secrets of Playboy,” Madison revealed that one of the reasons she stayed with Hugh Hefner was out of fear he would release the nonconsensual photos.
“When I lived at the mansion, I was afraid to leave,” Madison said on the docuseries, per People. “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.”
Madison described to the “Power: Hugh Hefner” podcast in December 2021 how her ex would go about taking these photos of her and other Playmates.
“[Hugh Hefner] was constantly taking photos of these women on his disposable camera,” she said on the podcast. “And these women were almost always intoxicated. I know I was — heavily intoxicated.”
In addition, Madison revealed that Hugh Hefner would share these photos without the women’s consent.
“He would make copies of all the pictures and hand them out to everyone who had gone out that night,” Madison added. “So if you were messed up and if you were in his bathtub with your top off and some other girl is doing some sexually explicit pose on you and he took a picture of that on his disposable camera, he’d make a copy and give it to everyone that night and put it in a scrapbook.”
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