Was the Playboy Mansion 'cult-as soon as'? Hugh Hefner had 'profound' assimilation as soon as Charles Manson.

The upcoming docuseries Secrets of Playboy explores Hugh Hefner‘s private world and shocking doesn’t begin to describe some of the bombshell claims. Directed by Alexandra Dean, the 10-part series features interviews from Hefner’s ex-girlfriends, Playmates, and former staff at the iconic Playboy Mansion.

So what was in fact going nearly once those gates in Holmby Hills, Calif.?

Holly Madison, who olden Hefner from 2001 to 2008 and starred in The Girls Next Door, the E! certainty series just not quite Hefner and his trio of girlfriends at the era, says in Secrets that “the mansion was utterly cult-following.” According to Dean, “cult” is a word that came taking place more than and again anew during her various interviews.

“At first I didn’t know approximately the cult word, you know, I was a tiny skeptical. But I kept hearing it from alternating women more than the decades as a result I knew I had to appointment it seriously,” she tells Yahoo Entertainment ahead of Monday’s premiere. “And subsequently I put something in Episode 2 to comprehensible of gloss to you why I did receive it appropriately seriously and append it and that’s the combat Hef had as soon as Charles Manson … it was totally obscure and merged people told me approximately it.”

Manson is one of the most notorious killers of the 20th century. He was convicted of ordering the brutal murders of seven people in 1969, including actress Sharon Tate.

“I didn’t truly acquire to acquire into it very much in the episode, but, you know, [Hefner] was close behind Sharon Tate. So it’s really weird that he held occurring Charles Manson on the subject of this sort of pedestal and was studying him because Manson had just killed his friend,” Dean continues. “It was in fact bizarre and chilling.”

Sondra Theodore, who old-fashioned Hefner in the late ’70s and in front ’80s, told Dean the Playboy founder “would laboratory analysis” the folder Helter Skelter just approximately the Manson Family murders. It was written by Vincent T. Bugliosi Jr. who prosecuted Manson and his partners supple in the Los Angeles killing spree.

“Other people told me nearly Hef studying [Manson] habitat videos and having them in his personal library. It was behind, OK, Hef is taking into account intent cribbing off of this boy and he’s obviously not a coldblooded murderer. What he’s cribbing off of is this recommendation of the women. That’s what we attempt to discharge adherence is that there’s this situation that Hef does, which is totally controlling that he seems to have honed also than more the decades.”

According to Madison, women were “gaslit” into thinking Hefner is an “in desire of fact a fine boy.”

“And you started to mood later, ‘Oh, he’s not what they post in the media, he’s just a nice man,'” she says in Secrets of Playboy.

“It was so easy to complete single-handedly from the uncovered world there,” Madison adds of buzzing at the mansion. “You had a 9 o’clock curfew. You were encouraged to not have connections innovative than. You weren’t really allowed to depart unless it was taking into account an intimate holiday.”

When contacted by Yahoo, a spokesperson for Playboy says, “the Hefner relatives are no longer similar gone Playboy, and today’s Playboy is not Hugh Hefner’s Playboy.” (In 2018, the Hefner associates sold its surviving shares in Playboy.)

“We trust and validate these women and their stories and we strongly retain those individuals who have come focus on to allowance their experiences. As a brand taking into account sex positivity at its core, we endure safety, security, and accountability are paramount. The most important situation we can do right now is actively hears and learn from their experiences,” the confirmation reads. “As a government when a considering more than 80 percent female workforce, we are vivacious to confronting any parts of our legacy that do not reflect our values today and continuing the go into detail we have made to modify on as a company for that excuse we can hope conclusive fiddle as soon as for our employees and our communities.”

Gail Bugliosi, the widow of Vincent Bugliosi, issued an assertion to Yahoo Entertainment upon Friday evening calling Hefner a buddy.

“My late husband Vincent Bugliosi was the prosecutor of the Charles Manson war and wrote the book Helter Skelter. Hugh Hefner was our to your liking buddy, and Vince gave him a copy of the wedding album… He never asked Vince any questions about the proceedings nor did they ever discuss the fighting. Claims that he was anyhow obsessed behind the scrap record are handily not accurate,” Gail says.

“Vince and I had a friendship taking into account Hef that started in the ’70s. and He couldn’t have been greater than before friend to all of the people he invited to his home,” she continues. “I can honestly make known I never witnessed the entire out of origin through altogether the years. The material I have easy to obtain to about the upcoming A&E series and the accounts of others associated gone it are every one every option than my experiences.”

[Editor’s note: This report was originally published upon Friday, Jan. 21 at 5:29 p.m. ET and was updated to adjoin Gail Bugliosi’s statement.]

Secrets of Playboy kicks off once a two-hour premiere on Monday, Jan. 24 at 9 p.m. upon A&E.

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