Lots of of former Playboy staffers and Playmates are talking out in protection of Hugh Hefner following what they are saying have been “unfounded allegations” made in A&E’s collection in regards to the late journal founder’s empire.
An “open letter” obtained by Folks journal was signed by Playboy workers and former Playboy bunnies and ex-girlfriends of Hefner’s this week, calling the allegations made within the “Secrets of Playboy” 10-part documentary unsubstantiated.
Hefner died in 2017 on the age of 91.
“We sign our names to support Hugh M. Hefner. From all we know of Hef, he was a person of upstanding character, exceptional kindness, and dedication to free thought,” the letter states, by way of the outlet. “He demonstrated a commitment to living an honest life beyond everything else. Our time within Hugh Hefner’s Playboy and the organization’s subsidiaries remains a period all of us are fond of. I proudly sign this letter in recognition of Hugh Hefner’s character amid unfounded allegations in the A&E show.”
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An A&E spokesperson instructed Day by day Submit Digital in a press release: “The stories shared in Secrets of Playboy are the personal experiences of the documentary’s participants and deserve to be told despite how difficult they may be for some to hear. Signatures on a letter, or a different experience with Mr. Hefner or the Playboy culture, do not negate the experiences of those who have come forward to share their truth on the series and we look forward to continuing to bring these stories to light.”
Sondra Theodore and Holly Madison are two of Hefner’s former girlfriends who got here ahead within the collection 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 instructed Day by day Submit Digital that she was “groomed” by the Playboy founder, who died in 2017.
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Some ladies within the letter who as soon as dated Hefner issued private statements in his protection.
The Playboy founder’s ex-wife Kimberly Hefner, who was married to the mogul for 21 years, stated: “All people should be encouraged to share their individual experience in this world, but no one should be emboldened to re-write the truth at the expense of another person’s character. What the allegers who speak out now seem to ignore is that there were many of us throughout the years who were there with them as well. I’m saddened, mostly, that these accounts take light away from true victims of sexual abuse, and hope that in time those selling lies to defame Hef find peace within their own lives.”
“Holly craved and eagerly longed to be the #1 girlfriend,” Renee “Sloan” Baio, Hefner’s former girlfriend, claimed of Madison.
Former Bunny Barbara Hedden stated Hefner’s internal circle “knew Hef had no expectations of anyone.”
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Pleasure Jamieson, a former Playboy Enterprises worker, referred to as Hefner “the kindest man.” “He treated every Bunny with complete respect. He instilled confidence and gave each guest and us the star treatment. I love him. He changed lives for the better! I will forever be grateful to him,” she added.
Different claims made within the collection towards Hefner embody that Playboy bunnies have been topic to humiliating month-to-month weigh-ins.
“If you gained weight, you were going to have a really bad problem,” claimed Susanne Singer, who labored on the Playboy Membership in Century Metropolis, California, from 1972 till 1984, as quoted by People magazine.
Suzanne Charneski, a Bunny on the Playboy Membership in Nice Gorge, New Jersey, from 1979 till 1982 additionally alleged that the model’s signature model prompted bodily hurt. The look featured a curve-hugging tailor-made satin leotard, fishnets, tuxedo-style wrist cuffs and choker items, towering stilettos, together with fluffy bunny ears and an identical tail.
“The costume has 18 metal stays in, so it took two people to put it on — you would have to hold it in the front and someone would zip it up the back,” she defined, as quoted by the outlet. “If you gained five pounds [with] those 18 metal stays, you couldn’t breathe. Literally.”
In response to the docuseries, a spokesperson for Playboy issued a press release to Day by day Submit.
“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.