‘He was a monster’: Hugh Hefner’s ex-girlfriend Sondra Theodore claims he was into ‘beastiality and snuff films’ in new episode of explosive Playboy docuseries
- Hugh Hefner’s ex-girlfriend Sondra Theodore opened up about the trauma she endured at the Playboy Mansion in Monday night’s episode of Secrets of Playboy
- Theodore, who dated Hefner from 1976 to 1981, said that Hefner was a ‘monster’ who was addicted to sex and would stop at nothing to get aroused
- She alleged that he would force her to sleep with other men and women while he recorded it
- Theodore said that she once walked in on him fondling their dog and that he once showed an interest in watching snuff films for pleasure
- The docuseries that premiered on A&E on January 24 has served to lift the lid on the ‘dark underbelly’ of Playboy
Playboy founder Hugh Hefner was a ‘monster’ who would stop at nothing to satisfy himself sexually, his ex-girlfriend Sondra Theodore claimed in the fourth episode of the A&E 10-part documentary Secrets of Playboy that aired on Monday night.
Theodore, who dated Hefner from 1976 to 1981, opened up in the episode about the abuse she says she endured while they dated and the trauma she experienced at the Playboy Mansion.
Among the 65-year-old’s claims were that Hefner would force her to sleep with other men and women while he recorded it, that she once walked in on him fondling their dog and that he expressed an interest in watching people get murdered in snuff films for pleasure.
‘He was like a vampire, he was sucking the life out of me. Really, he was a monster. The things he was turned on by – nothing was enough. Nothing,’ Theodore said.
Theodore is one of many Playboy Mansion insiders who claim in Secrets of Playboy that Hefner drugged dozens of young women and forced them to take part in degrading orgies, while masquerading as a champion of sexual freedom, according to a shocking new documentary.
Hugh Hefner’s ex-girlfriend Sondra Theodore opened up about the trauma she endured at the Playboy Mansion in Monday night’s episode of Secrets of Playboy
Theodore, who dated Hefner from 1976 to 1981, said that Hefner was a ‘monster’ who was addicted to sex and would stop at nothing to get aroused
Theodore said that her breaking point was when Hefner began talking about getting sexual pleasure from watching snuff films
The docuseries that premiered on A&E on January 24 has served to lift the lid on the ‘dark underbelly’ of Playboy and how its venues became a seedy playground for drug use, sexual abuse, and even bestiality.
‘He would tell the public, even good girls enjoy sex, healthy sex. And there was nothing healthy about the sex with Hefner because he took it too far,’ she said in Monday’s episode.
Theodore, now 65, reveals how later in their relationship he would force her to have group sex at the mansion five nights a week while he recorded it. ‘I felt so violated having a man that I did not want to be with forced upon me,’ she said.
Theodore, who claimed in last week’s episode that Hefner made her his ‘drug mule,’ admitted to using cocaine to go along with what he wanted.
The documentary also reveals how Hefner’s sexual interests sometimes verged into even more lurid territory, including one of his dogs.
‘I walked in once and he was [makes sexual hand gesture] to our dog and I was like, what are you doing? And he said, ‘well, dogs have needs.’ And I went, stop that! Just stop that,’ Theodore said.
Among her claims were that she once walked in on Hefner fondling one of their dogs. They two were above at a Playboy Tennis and Crumpet Party in 1977
The docuseries that premiered on A&E on January 24 has served to lift the lid on the ‘dark underbelly’ of Playboy
‘And I never left him alone with the dog again. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I could not believe what I was seeing,’ she added.
Theodore said that her breaking point was when Hefner began talking about getting sexual pleasure from watching snuff films, which are first-person videos of people committing actual homicide.
‘What kind of mind is so far gone that it takes killing somebody to get them excited for that big release? He was opening my eyes to this monster. I mean, really, he was a monster,’ she said.
According to Theodore, Hefner’s attitude towards women could have come from a disturbing source, Charles Manson, whose female followers lived on his ranch with him and were tried alongside him for murder.
Theodore tells the film: ‘When we started dating in the 1970s he (Hefner) was fascinated and obsessed with Charles Manson.
‘Couldn’t talk enough about him. How does this guy, these women who have been in jail for how many years and when they have a chance to get out they still adore him and will until the day they die. Hef liked that.’
According to Sharmagne Leland-St. John Sylbert, a former Playboy photographer, Hefner even had copies of the Manson family home videos.
She said they were ‘made before the murders, the girls with knives and guns at the ranch.’
Theodore said there were ‘so many similarities’ in the way Hefner used coercive control.
She said: ‘The way the girls followed everything he said, we were all a big happy family
Theodore is one of many Playboy Mansion insiders who claim in Secrets of Playboy that Hefner drugged dozens of young women and forced them to take part in degrading orgies, while masquerading as a champion of sexual freedom. Hefner was seen with an entourage of Playboy Bunnies in 1966
Dean likened Playboy Mansion to Las Vegas, saying there is a misconception it’s ‘fun’ and ‘cute’ to think ‘anything that happens in the mansion stays at the mansion’
‘He’d say if you could get along with everybody we could be together forever.’
Alexandra Dean, the director of Secrets of Playboy, told Yahoo Entertainment that Theodore was the hardest source to convince to join the documentary, noting that she was also the ‘main voice’ of the series.
‘The thing that shocked me the most is the depth of her scarring around what happened to her with Hef. It was so profound and that is what convinced me more than anything else that this was a much darker story than I had initially started to make. Just looking at Sondra, listening to Sondra, you could hear all those traces of trauma,’ she said.
She said that the five years during which Hefner dated Theodore where the ‘height’ of his depravity and ‘I think it was the height of his drug use as well. I think it unleashed things or at least it eradicated certain boundaries he might have had otherwise. The real Hef came roaring out… it’s dark,’ she said.
Dean likened Playboy Mansion to Las Vegas, saying there is a misconception it’s ‘fun’ and ‘cute’ to think ‘anything that happens in the mansion stays at the mansion.’
‘But when you look at what you’re really talking about, it’s this voracious sex addict who had to keep experimenting and pushing the boundaries of experimentation. There’s nothing fun and cute about that. It’s brutal. It’s terrifying. And there’s more than a little bit misogyny embedded in there,’ she told the news outlet.
Previous claims brought up in the show were that VIP members of the Playboy nightclubs could do as they pleased, including revered Soul Train host Don Cornelius who allegedly held two Playboy bunnies hostage and raped one of them.
‘Bunny Mother’ PJ Masten claims that the incident with Cornelius was the worst she ever heard of, and that Hefner ‘knew all about it’.
Cornelius was at one of the clubs when two sisters aged around 20 and 21 who had just started working there caught his eye and he invited them over.
Masten said: ‘Don had been in the club many times, many people saw him so they didn’t have any fear at the time.
‘These two young girls got in his Rolls Royce and went to his house. We didn’t hear from them for three days, we couldn’t figure out where they were.
‘They were separated, one locked in one room, the other in another. They were tied up and bound.
‘The sister could hear her (other sister) screaming. There were wooden objects she was sodomized with and she could hear her other sister being brutalized. It was horrible.’
Former Playboy Bunny Mother PJ Masten speaks of the ‘depravity’ that took place at Playboy’s venues, recalling how porn star Lisa Lovelace was once drugged and forced to perform oral sex on a dog
Ahead of the show’s premiere, Playboy sent Yahoo Entertainment a statement to distance itself from Hefner and his actions
One of the girls managed to get out and make a call to her Bunny mother but the incident was never reported to the police.
Masten said that Cornelius’s privileges were never even suspended – and he was back at the club the following week.
The series also includes interviews with Linda Lovelace, the 1970s porn star who found fame with the film Deep Throat, who says she was treated like a ‘piece of meat’ and forced to perform oral sex on a German Shepherd while Hefner and his friends watched.
Former Playboy Bunny Mother PJ Masten said: ‘All the guys were laughing when she got out of the limousine. She was drunk and drugged.
‘All of a sudden out of nowhere a German Shepherd shows up. They got her so messed up they made her give the German shepherd oral sex. You want to talk about depravity? This is despicable!’
Lisa Loving Barrett, Hefner’s executive assistant during the late 1970s and 80s, said that Hefner had a stockpile of Quaaludes, the powerful sedative which Bill Cosby’s accusers claimed he drugged them with.
Barrett said that at the Playboy mansion the drug was known as the ‘leg spreaders’ and that they were regarded as a ‘necessary evil’ because they made women do anything.
Hefner would have his own prescription, as would Barrett and others who worked at the mansion and Hefner would collect them all and keep them all in a drawer in his bedroom, ready to give to women who he brought there.
Barrett claimed that Hefner would take small amounts of the amphetamine Dexedrine every day to keep himself alert.
Cocaine was a ‘big deal’ in the house and there was a powder room off the great hall where underneath an ornate toilet paper holder there was a ‘pile of cocaine’.
The drug was so widely available that one of Hefner’s poodles became addicted to it and used to lick it off the floor, Theodore claims.
Ahead of the show’s premiere, Playboy sent Yahoo Entertainment a statement to distance itself from Hefner and his actions.
‘The Hefner family is no longer associated with Playboy, and 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,’ a spokesperson told the news outlet.
‘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.’
‘As an organization with a more than 80 percent female workforce, we are committed to confronting any parts of our legacy that do not reflect our values today, and continuing the progress we have made to evolve as a company so we can drive positive change for our employees and our communities,’ the statement concluded.
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