Holly Madison is lying about the emotional and psychological abuse she suffered while living at the Playboy Mansion, says Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. Hefner said Madison “rewrote history” and is trying to portray herself as a victim in order to extend her 15 minutes of fame and peddle her tell-all book.
“Over the course of my life I’ve had more than my fair share of romantic relationships with wonderful women,” Hefner said in a press statement June 21. “Many moved on to live happy, healthy and productive lives, and I’m pleased to say remain dear friends today.
Hef, 89, continued: “Sadly, there are a few who have chosen to rewrite history in an attempt to stay in the spotlight. I guess, as the old saying goes: You can’t win ’em all.”
Holly is being slammed in the blogosphere as a gold digger who used Hefner for fame, money, a career and free plastic surgery who’s now “biting the hand that feeds her.” In her book, Down the Rabbit Hole, Madison claims Hefner exploited her and his other girlfriends for sexual gratification.
Madison alleges Hefner tried to ply her with drugs when they first met and manipulated her to the point that she once considered suicide after falling into a deep depression. Holly further claims she was bullied by his other girlfriends over her unsophisticated appearance and was fat-shamed until she lost weight.
“After being identified by the other girlfriends as persona non grata, I had become the victim of their ruthless ‘mean girl-ing,'” Madison wrote in “Down the Rabbit Hole.”
“During dinners or movie screenings, it wasn’t out of the ordinary for me to overhear their loud whispers criticizing my appearance (my hair, my face, my clothes). According to their ruthless taunting, I was the ‘thick girl’ from Nowheresville, USA.”
Madison, 35, said her self-esteem crumbled after being one of Hef’s many girlfriends. “Living with Hef brought down my self-esteem a lot,” said Holly. “I was comparing myself to the other girls. You have to look a certain way at the mansion.”
Holly: ‘Plastic Surgery Gave Me Everything’
Madison took full advantage of the free plastic surgery offered to Hefner’s girlfriends to fashion herself to Hef’s aesthetic ideal: Holly dyed her hair platinum blonde, got several breast augmentations and one or two nose jobs.
While she initially changed her looks for Hef, Holly said plastic surgery completely changed her life and gave her fame, fortune, a love life and a career, said Madison.
“Plastic surgery made it easier for me to get things I wanted in my career,” said Madison. “Without it, I wouldn’t be where I am today. It made me more confident. And a lot of doors open when you look a certain way.”
Despite molding herself as a sexy blonde Playboy model, Madison felt lonely and depressed living at the Playboy Mansion. Holly said Hef’s manipulative mind games made her extremely insecure. Things got so bad Holly contemplated suicide in 2002.
Madison also said she participated in biweekly group sex orgies with Hef’s other girlfriends. The orgies were not sexy at all. The girls were all required to take a bath before the sex session, while Hefner took a Viagra pill. During the boring orgy, Hefner lied on his back as several TV screens played porn in the background.
In assembly-line fashion, the girls each took a turn mounting Hef for a few seconds/minutes. No condoms were used. It’s unclear how Hef and his girlfriends managed to prevent STDs, but Hefner previously said he and the girls were regularly tested for sexually transmitted diseases.
Holly said all the girls hated the weekly orgy “and tried to get it over with as quickly as possible.” Madison was advised early on to “fake” everything. “My turn was over just as quickly as it had started,” she wrote.
Despite her claims of emotional and psychological abuse, Madison dated Hefner from 2001 to 2008, during which she repeatedly nagged him to marry and impregnate her. Those scenes were caught on film on the hit Playboy-themed reality show, The Girls Next Door.
Holly eventually dumped Hef after he repeatedly told her he would never marry her. The final straw was when none of Hefner’s semen samples during their in-vitro fertilization process turned out to be viable.
In 2012, Hugh Hefner married Playboy Playmate Crystal Harris. Holly Madison is now married to “businessman” Pasquale Rotella and mom to their daughter, Rainbow. In 2012, Rotella was indicted for bribery and embezzlement over concerts he had produced.