No money, bunny
Hefner’s playmate widow not in the will
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.