Holly Madison says she was 'gaslit' in 'cult-like' Playboy mansion

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  • A&E Network has released another explosive clip from their upcoming docuseries Secrets of Playboy.
  • In the preview Holly Madison speaks of the "cult-like" Playboy mansion and the regimented lives the playmates had.
  • Playboy has since released a statement following the explosive clip, saying: "Today's Playboy is not Hugh Hefner's Playboy."

In another clip from A&E Network's Secrets of Playboy former playmate Holly Madison speaks of the "cult-like" Playboy mansion.

Holly dated Hugh Hefner from 2001 to 2008 and starred in The Girls Next Door alongside the publisher's other two girlfriends, Kendra Wilkinson and Bridget Marquardt.

"The reason I think the mansion was very cult-like looking back on it is because we were all kind of gaslit and expected the think of Hef as like this really good guy. And you started to feel like, 'Oh, he's not what they say in the media, he's just a nice man.'," Holly says in the clip.

"Another thing that reminds me of a cult is how easy it is to get so isolated from the outside world there," she says, before detailing their 21:00 curfew and being encouraged not to invite friends over or leave unless it was on a family vacation.

The former playmate says even their sex lives were sort of structured – she was expected to have sex with Hugh at "the same time on the same night".

"We would go out to the same club every Wednesday and Friday," she recalls, "and that would be expected when we got home."

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Playboy has since responded to Holly's claims from the series in a statement to E! News, saying: "Today's Playboy is not Hugh Hefner's Playboy. We trust and validate these women and their stories and we strongly support those individuals who have come forward to share their experiences.

"As a brand with sex positivity at its core, we believe safety, security, and accountability are paramount. The most important thing we can do right now is actively listen and learn from their experiences."


The 10-part series by A+E Networks will premiere on 24 January in the US and will feature exclusive interviews with insiders and archival footage. An SA release date has not yet been set.  

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