No money, bunny

Hefner’s play­mate widow not in the will

The Courier-Mail - - WORLD -

LOS ANGELES: Friends and foes are bat­tling over the legacy of colour­ful but controversial Play­boy founder Hugh Hefner, as it was claimed his young widow has been left out of his $55 mil­lion for­tune.

Some hailed Hefner as a far­sighted cham­pion of free speech and sex­ual free­dom. Oth­ers blamed him for mak­ing pornog­ra­phy ac­cept­able, dub­bing him “America’s most fa­mous dirty old man”.

Hefner, who died of nat­u­ral causes aged 91 at his Play­boy Man­sion in Los Angeles, had claimed only three years ago that he was a “very lucky cat” to have found Crys­tal Har­ris, a for­mer Play­boy model, born in Ari­zona of Bri­tish par­ents, who was 60 years younger than him.

How­ever, de­spite in­sist­ing that after two failed mar­riages “this is the real deal”, the lothario, who claimed to have slept with more than 2000 women, re­port­edly never changed an “iron-clad” prenup­tial agree­ment leav­ing her out of his will when they mar­ried in late 2012.

There has been no in­di­ca­tion that this agree­ment was changed.

Hefner has left his money to his four grown-up chil­dren, the Univer­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia film school and var­i­ous char­i­ties.

The once mighty Play­boy busi­ness em­pire will be taken over by his son Cooper, 26.

Hefner pro­posed to then 24-year-old Har­ris in 2011. She called it off days be­fore the wed­ding, but later changed her mind and they mar­ried at the end of 2012.

“Maybe I should be sin­gle,” he said a few months later. “But I do know that I need an on­go­ing ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship.

“In other words, I am es­sen­tially a very ro­man­tic per­son, and all I re­ally was look­ing for, quite frankly, with the no­tion of mar­riage, was con­ti­nu­ity and some­thing to let the girl know that I re­ally cared,” he said.

I DO KNOW THAT I NEED AN ON­GO­ING RO­MAN­TIC RE­LA­TION­SHIP Hugh Hefner

LEFT OUT: Play­boy model Crys­tal Har­ris has al­legedly been left out of hus­band Hugh Hefner’s will.

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