Holly Madison hit Hugh Hefner pretty hard in her new book Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny. The book tells of the time Holly Madison, Kendra Wilkinson and Bridget Marquardt spent living at the Playboy Mansion as concurrent girlfriends of Hugh Hefner.
In the book, Madison paints a very unflattering picture of her former benefactor. She talks about drugs, pressure to stay at the Mansion, and the depression the whole situation caused her.
"Everyone thinks that the infamous metal gate was meant to keep people out," Holly Madison writes. "But I grew to feel it was meant to lock me in."
“I learned Hef was the manipulator and that he pitted us against one another,” Madison says. “I realized I wasn’t treated well. I’m done being afraid of people. I don’t have any loyalty to Hef. I haven’t talked to him in four years, so there’s no reason to reach out now. Besides, it’s the truth.”
Hefner is still alive ! My word ! forgot about him
— Zinhle Mqadi (@ZinhleMqadi1) June 22, 2015
Hugh Hefner has now responded to Holly Madison's book with a statement to People Magazine.
"Over the course of my life I've had more than my fair share of romantic relationships with wonderful women," Hefner said. "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."
Holly Madison took Hefner's jab and responded right back.
"It wasn't about having an ax to grind or wanting to get a reaction from him [Hefner], or, you know, inviting him back into my life in any way," Holly Madison says about her book. "I don't really care about his response. I wanted to share my story to inspire other women who might be in a bad relationship to get out, or not be branded by bad decisions they've made, and take charge of their lives and move on. ... I'm definitely not rewriting history. I'm finally telling the truth of my experience. For so many years I tried so hard to be a good girlfriend, and I cared about him and always had his back."
Holly Madison was specific in her stories about Hefner. She tells of one of the first encounters she had with Hefner.
“‘Would you like a Quaalude?’ Hef asked, leaning toward me with a bunch of large horse pills in his hands, held together by a crumpled tissue,” Madison recounts. She turned the pills down.
“Hef did not miss a beat: ‘Okay, that’s good,’ he said, nonchalantly. ‘Usually, I don’t approve of drugs, but you know, in the ‘70s they used to call these pills thigh openers.’"
@esquire turns out Hugh Hefner is a dirty old pervy man. Who knew?
— Keith M. (@ksecus) June 22, 2015
Madison went on to say that Hefner tried to offer inclusion in his will as incentive for Madison to stay at the Mansion until his death.
“It was there, in black and white,” she wrote. “The will stated that $3,000,000 would be bestowed to Holly Madison at the time of his death (provided I still lived in the Mansion). At the time, it was more money than I’d ever know what to do with… But I didn’t want it. I actually pitied him for stooping to that level. I couldn’t help but be offended. Did he really think he could buy me? I put the folder back on the bed just as I had found it and never breathed a word of it.”
Hefner says Madison is 'rewriting history' with her tales. Time will tell how the others named in her book respond.
Combnyitogató droggal cserkészte be a nyuszilányokat Hugh Hefner http://t.co/ZAzyt4lSbS
— Teszt Gergo (@TesztGergo) June 13, 2015