Hugh Hefner is ‘rolling in his grave, laughing’ amid Playboy misconduct accusations, medic’s daughter says


Practically 17 years in the past, Jennifer Saginor revealed a ebook exposing the darkish aspect of Hugh Hefner’s Playboy mansion: the medication, the intercourse, the events, and the bikini-clad ladies working rampant.

The “Playground: A Child Lost Inside the Playboy Mansion” creator was greater than only a customer at Hefner’s sprawling playground. She first set foot on the well-known property of the late Playboy founder in 1975 at age 6, and by age 11, she had her personal bed room. She’d proceed to be a daily there till 2010. As Saginor places it, “I wasn’t like the girlfriends and the Playmates who were there to advance their careers, who were there for fame and fortune, or love.” As an alternative, her one-of-a-kind upbringing on the mansion was attributable to the truth that her father was Hefner’s doctor and greatest buddy, Mark Saginor, also called “Dr. Feelgood,” or just, “Doc.”

Now, years after being one of many first to disclose a behind-the-scenes have a look at Hefner’s empire, Saginor seems within the 10-part A&E docuseries that premiered final week titled “Secrets of Playboy.” In an interview with Every day Put up Digital, Saginor revealed the good lengths Hefner would go to avoid wasting his fame – and simply what he’d consider his ex-girlfriends’ allegations coming to gentle in the present day.

“I can feel him rolling in his grave, laughing even, because at the end of the day, it was like these women were all in love with him and many of them wanted more commitment. They wanted monogamy, they wanted marriage, they wanted kids,” Saginor mentioned.


Jennifer Saginor wrote about her time growing up in the Playboy mansion in her 2005 book

Jennifer Saginor wrote about her time rising up within the Playboy mansion in her 2005 ebook “Playground: A Child Lost Inside the Playboy Mansion.”
(Ava Lane Hulsman)

Sondra Theodore and Holly Madison are two of Hefner’s former girlfriends who got here ahead within the sequence with allegations. Madison, who starred on E!’s “Girls Next Door,” claimed Hefner had a “mountain of revenge porn” and “didn’t want to use protection” throughout intercourse. Theodore, in the meantime, instructed Every day Put up Digital that she was “groomed” by the Playboy founder, who died in 2017.

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Saginor nonetheless has vivid childhood recollections on the mansion, reminiscent of stumbling upon “orgies” and watching the “candy bowls turn into bowls of Quaaludes and amphetamines and ecstasy, and whatever else, as the years went on.”

“I was in the inner circle,” mentioned Saginor. “I saw all the girlfriends come and go. I walked in and saw them all through my childhood.” 

In response to the documentary, a spokesperson for Playboy issued an announcement to Every day Put up. “Today’s Playboy is not Hugh Hefner’s Playboy,” the assertion started. “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,” it continued. “We will never be afraid to confront the parts of our legacy as a company that do not reflect our values today.”

“As an organization with a more than 80% female workforce, we are committed to our ongoing evolution as a company and to driving positive change for our communities,” the assertion concluded.

It wasn’t till 2004-2005, when Saginor was gearing as much as publish her memoir, when she was caught off guard and “given the cold shoulder” by Hefner. At first, Saginor mentioned Hefner spoke to her about her ebook, “and he pretended he was proud of me.”


What occurred subsequent, she mentioned, nonetheless leaves her “annoyed” in the present day. Two months after her ebook – which incorporates comparable themes to ones talked about in A&E’s sequence – the “Girls Next Door” actuality present following Hefner’s relationships with live-in girlfriends Madison, Kendra Wilkinson and Bridget Marquardt premiered on E!.

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Saginor claimed she was “blindsided” by “Girls Next Door” and believes it was “manufactured” by Hefner as a response to her ebook. “I didn’t know about it until when my book was coming out,” Saginor recalled. “He planned it perfectly.”

Hugh Hefner and a young Jennifer Saginor.

Hugh Hefner and a younger Jennifer Saginor.
(Courtesy: Jennifer Saginor)

Saginor alleged that it was Hef who was pulling strings behind-the-scenes to indicate off the luxe and fabulous way of life of his girlfriends on TV. It additionally was a perfect approach to get good press on the market about him whereas her ebook would focus on the underage intercourse and substance abuse she witnessed on the mansion.

“I think that he was very upset with me and so was my father [about my book.] It’s like being in the mafia and all of a sudden you’re talking about what happened. I felt like, why can’t I speak my truth? I wasn’t bashing them. I was just telling my story because I felt so alone that I wanted to connect with other people out there,” Saginor mentioned.


The medic’s daughter went on to allege that it appeared Hefner managed to get a replica of her ebook manuscript early from HarperCollins. The publishing firm’s imprint, Dey Avenue Books, revealed the ebook.

“A year before my book came out I believe Hef had someone from a movie studio call the publisher and pretend they were interested in seeing my manuscript for a movie,” Saginor alleged. “That gave him and his marketing machine time to prepare to come up with a plan so that he wouldn’t have that negative publicity.”

Jennifer Saginor believes Hugh Hefner

Jennifer Saginor believes Hugh Hefner “manufactured” the “Girls Next Door” TV present across the similar time her ebook was launched.
(Sue Shaheen)

Former HarperCollins senior editor Josh Behar, who labored on Saginor’s ebook deal, corroborated the declare that it appeared Hefner was getting concerned anonymously.

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“We do give out manuscripts to movie studios or to scouts in order to get a movie deal. There were a bunch of manuscripts that were sent out. After they were sent out we had a whole bunch of publicity lined up for Jennifer for this book and a lot of that died down. There was a lot of talk in the publishing house that Hefner had seen this and he was putting a kibosh on it,” Behar added.

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and his three girlfriends Holly Madison (2nd L), Bridget Marquardt (2nd R) and Kendra Wilkinson (R) arrive at the E! Entertainment television summer splash party at the Tropicana bar at the Roosevelt hotel in Hollywood, Aug. 1, 2005.

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and his three girlfriends Holly Madison (2nd L), Bridget Marquardt (2nd R) and Kendra Wilkinson (R) arrive on the E! Leisure tv summer time splash get together on the Tropicana bar on the Roosevelt resort in Hollywood, Aug. 1, 2005.

“Girls Next Door” went on to change into successful for E!. In the meantime, Saginor was nonetheless spending time on the mansion, and was typically ignored or receiving threats, she claimed.

“One of Hef’s secretaries who is no longer alive made a very, very, very real threat to me,” she alleged. 

TV Personalities Holly Madison, Hugh Hefner, Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson arrive at Sony Pictures' Premiere of 'House Bunny' at the Mann Village Theatre on Aug. 20, 2008 in Westwood, California.  

TV Personalities Holly Madison, Hugh Hefner, Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson arrive at Sony Footage’ Premiere of ‘Home Bunny’ on the Mann Village Theatre on Aug. 20, 2008 in Westwood, California.  
(Neilson Barnard )

All of it got here down to at least one factor, Saginor mentioned: Hef’s picture.

“It comes back to the perception and the image of Playboy, which was his number one priority over everything. It was all manufactured. I wrote about all this stuff and was given the cold shoulder. Hef used ‘Girls Next Door’ to save his image.”


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