Play­boy man­sion se­crets

Play­boy man­sion’s SLEAZY SE­CRETS NW un­cov­ers what re­ally went down in­side Hef’s bunny-filled home...

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Wild or­gies! Il­le­gal drugs! Rivers of booze! Hooker par­ties! Those are just a few of the hid­den se­crets from the leg­endary Play­boy Man­sion.

Uh-huh, the cov­ers have been pulled back on the no-holds­barred an­tics that went on be­hind closed doors at Hugh Hefner’s Cal­i­for­nia com­pound.

“The Play­boy Man­sion was syn­ony­mous with lurid fan­tasy, A-list celebrity par­ties and wild de­bauch­ery,” says a pal of the late pipe-smok­ing pub­lisher. “Hef ruled over it like a sex­ual king who had the most beau­ti­ful, young, will­ing women at the snap of a fin­ger!”

The site of the fa­mous party house sits on a 2.1-hectare es­tate in Holmby Hills, Cal­i­for­nia. Hef paid $1.5 mil­lion for the prop­erty back in 1971, and im­me­di­ately set about build­ing the iconic man­sion.

Within two years, he’d com­pleted his Shangri-la, and over the next four decades turned the Play­boy Man­sion into a Dis­ney­land for adults, where every he­do­nis­tic plea­sure was within reach.

So what scan­dals emerged be­hind the gates? NW ex­plores...

Hef had over 1000 sex­ual con­quests

once asked how many women he’d bed­ded.

“How could I pos­si­bly know? Over a thou­sand, I’m sure,” Hugh said. “There were chunks in my life when I was mar­ried, and when I was mar­ried, I never cheated. But I made up for it when I wasn’t mar­ried.”

His girls had to wear pink flan­nel py­ja­mas

For­mer Play­mate Jill Ann Spauld­ing writes in her book Jill Ann: Up­stairs, “On sex night you go up­stairs and the girls that are brand new, or the girls who don’t have their own room yet, have to take a bath.

“That’s a re­quire­ment. You also have to put on a cer­tain pair of pink py­ja­mas... They tell you to put them on, even though you take them off as soon as you en­ter Hef’s room.”

Hef gave out a weekly al­lowance

The Play­mates were given a US $1000 weekly “cloth­ing al­lowance” for their ac­count at the Jose Eber Sa­lon in Bev­erly Hills and to or­der cus­tom pieces

for their per­sonal wardrobe. Sav­ing the al­lowance, or even us­ing it on ex­penses like stu­dent loans, was frowned upon.

In her tell-all, for­mer Play­mate Iz­abella St James writes, “Every Fri­day morn­ing we had to go to Hef’s room, wait while he picked up all the dog poo off the car­pet, and then ask for our al­lowance: a thou­sand dol­lars counted out in crisp hun­dred-dol­lar bills from a safe in one of his book­cases.

“We all hated this process. Hef would al­ways use the oc­ca­sion to bring up any­thing he wasn’t happy about in the re­la­tion­ship.

“Most of the com­plaints were about the lack of har­mony among the girl­friends – or your lack of sex­ual par­tic­i­pa­tion in the ‘par­ties’ he held in his bed­room.”

The girls had a 9pm cur­few

In her book Down The Rab­bit Hole: Cu­ri­ous Ad­ven­tures and Cau­tion­ary Tales Of A For­mer Play­boy Bunny, Hugh’s for­mer girl­friend Holly Madi­son writes, “Ev­ery­one had to be on the Man­sion grounds by 9pm every night – un­less we were out with Hef at a club or func­tion. Peo­ple hon­estly did not be­lieve us when we told them we had a cur­few.”

Drug use was ram­pant

“You’ll see a lot of peo­ple smok­ing joints, but mainly peo­ple go into the bath house of the game room,” a for­mer but­ler said in 1985 of con­stant drug use on the premises.

The source also re­vealed the girls, or “bun­nies” as they were known, would reg­u­larly sleep with men in ex­change for drugs and would be booted from the prop­erty if they de­clined to have sex with Hugh’s pals.

“If you got a toot for [the girls], you get laid im­me­di­ately. So most of the dis­gust­ing old men up there bring coke with them to try to get laid,” he added.

Pills were read­ily avail­able

“Pill-pop­ping was trendy and purses had be­come por­ta­ble phar­ma­cies,” Jen­nifer Sagi­nor – the daugh­ter of Hef’s pri­vate physi­cian, Dr Mark Sagi­nor – al­leges in her book Play­ground.

“Ev­ery­one knew if you were fa­mous and in real or imag­i­nary pain, pre­scrip­tions were a phone call away. Though con­cerned for their rep­u­ta­tions and re­stricted by a code of ethics, doc­tors made names for them­selves by pro­vid­ing

le­gal ways for their clients to get high. And my dad was the big­gest name in Bev­erly Hills. Be­fore long, my father was re­ferred to as ‘Dr Feel Good,’” she wrote.

Later in the book, Jen­nifer claims, “Like a good physi­cian, Dad keeps ev­ery­thing on hand – Val­ium, Per­co­cet, Hal­cyon, Xanax, De­merol, even Quaaludes.”

Hef was tar­geted in a drug probe

In 1974, Hef was the sub­ject of a fed­eral drug probe, sus­pected of “har­bour­ing il­licit drug ac­tiv­ity at his man­sions and or­der­ing a cover-up when drug agents closed in,” author Steven Watts writes in his book Mr Play­boy: Hugh Hefner And The Amer­i­can Dream.

The probe ended in 1975 due to lack of ev­i­dence af­ter the sui­cide of Hef’s 34-year-old per­sonal as­sis­tant and ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary Bob­bie Arn­stein, on the heels of a co­cainepos­ses­sion con­vic­tion.

Hef was never in­dicted, but the scan­dal de­picted “his life­style as a hot­bed of drug use and de­prav­ity,” Watts wrote.

Hef had hook­ers brought in

As Hef’s valet in 1978 and 1979, Ste­fan Teten­baum re­called clean­ing sex toys af­ter the in­fa­mous “Pig Nights”, when the boss ordered up girls for his friends.

“On cer­tain nights, Mr Hefner had pros­ti­tutes brought up to the man­sion and he would en­ter­tain them with a big din­ner and in­vite his friends to come and par­tic­i­pate in dif­fer­ent in­ti­mate acts with them. It was called ‘Pig Night,’” said Ste­fan.

“Hugh, most of the time, never had sex with [the] women. He sat there in his favourite chair, smok­ing a joint and eat­ing red li­corice and watch­ing.

“He al­ways filmed the en­coun­ters. He had two large video cam­eras over his bed and... these gi­ant screens across from his bed. He had a whole li­brary for these sex acts with dif­fer­ent peo­ple and the video li­brar­ian told me Hef planned to use the footage against his as­so­ci­ates if they ever threat­ened to come out with a mem­oir about him or the Man­sion.”

A se­cret tun­nel sys­tem for celebs and VIP reg­u­lars

Ac­cord­ing to blue­prints found by staffers, un­der­ground pas­sage­ways were re­port­edly de­signed to con­nect the es­tate to the homes of no­table A-lis­ters Jack Ni­chol­son, War­ren Beatty, Kirk Dou­glas and James Caan back in the 1970s.

Elvis Pres­ley re­port­edly slept with eight Play­mates at once at the 12-bed­room es­tate, while John Len­non burned a Matisse orig­i­nal with a ci­garette! Dis­graced ac­tor Bill Cosby also re­port­edly liked to let loose at the Man­sion.

Many of the Play­mates felt like pris­on­ers

A num­ber of Play­mates have spo­ken out about their lives in the world’s most fa­mous bach­e­lor pad, sug­gest­ing it

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