Holly Madison has released a new book titled Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny, and the secrets she's revealed have Hugh Hefner on the defense.
Madison tells all in the memoir, delving deep into the dirty laundry hidden away in the darkest corners of the mansion and revealing some of the surprising things she witnessed and endured. In it, she talks about Hugh's sexual appetites, his demands, and how he created drama between the girls living with him. In one passage, Madison writes that Hefner would have a staff photographer take pictures of him with his girlfriends before they went out each night and then had them delivered to each girl the next day, which always stirred up tension and "only amplified the massive pressure to always look perfect and cause the girlfriends to spend hours critiquing their appearances".
Hugh Hefner released a statement this week after Madison's book made headlines, saying he feels she "rewrote history" to suit her own needs.
"Over the course of my life I’ve had more than my fair share of romantic relationships with wonderful women. Many moved on to live happy, healthy, and productive lives, and I’m pleased to say remain dear friends today. 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!"
But Holly says she was just telling her story to inspire other women who might be in a bad relationship and need to find the strength to get out.
"I fell for his act, hook line and sinker," Holly Madison said. "I cared about him and always had his back, and always did my best to push his agenda and, you know, be a cheerleader for the brand, but I think people are really underestimating him and they don't think he's smart and a manipulator and they think he's just some kindly old grandpa."