Hugh Hefner's Abuse of Playboy Bunnies in New Documentary

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A&E docuseries Secrets of Playboy is exposing the horrific secrets behind the sexual liberation icon and Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, who passed away in 2017 and left behind a crumbling pornography empire.

The documentary, featuring a slew of former Bunnies and close associates of the late publisher, reveals shocking information about what really went on behind the walls of Hefner’s sprawling Playboy Mansion, with multiple bunnies detailing stories that include date rape, torture, even bestiality.

Former bunny and actress/model Sondra Theodore, who dated Hefner in the ‘70s and ‘80s, says of his sexual appetite: 'He scared me at the couldn't satisfy him. He wanted more and more and more.' What’s more, she added that the sex ‘broke [her] like you’d break a horse.” 1970s porn star Linda Lovelace also appears onscreen to speak about her sexual trauma at the hands of Hefner, recalling that she was forced to perform sex acts on animals while Hugh and his friends looked on.

Perhaps most chilling though, is an incident relayed by former Bunny Mother PJ Masten, who recalled how one prominent Playboy VIP member, the celebrity TV host and Soul Train creator Don Cornelius, was discovered holding two young sisters hostage at the mansion for three days, during which time he brutally raped and tortured one of them. In the end, though Hefner was made fully aware of the situation, the abuse was never reported to authorities.

The show, which premiered earlier this year, has caused a flurry of renewed conversation around Hefner’s dubious legacy, with even his staunchest former defenders putting their proverbial tails between their legs.

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