A new A & E network documentary due out on Monday claims that after taking buxom bunnies to bed got boring, Playboy founder and editor Hugh Hefner turned to dogs.
As reported by the New York Post, “Hef’s purported penchant for bestiality is just one of the explosive claims made in the forthcoming” doc, “Secrets of Playboy.”
The 10-part series contains many more damning claims as well regarding Hefner, “the once-heralded late mogul” who “has been revered as a god-like stud,” dressed in silk PJs and a smoking jacket, stoking an image that actually reveals “the ugly truth about the man who built his sex empire on the backs of vulnerable women,” the outlet reported.
In an interview with the paper, Hef’s ex-girlfriend Sondra Theodore, now 65 said claimed he “was a predator.”
“I watched him, I watched his game. And I watched a lot of girls go through [the Playboy Mansion] gates looking farm-fresh, and leaving looking tired and haggard,” she said.
The Post adds:
The former Sunday school teacher-turned-1977 Playboy magazine centerfold model began dating Hefner after meeting him at one of his many lascivious mansion parties. The women of the docuseries describe the weekly gatherings as a debauched scene, where high rollers like Bill Cosby, Tony Curtis, Wilt Chamberlain and Arnold Schwarzenegger were VIP regulars. In the doc, Schwarzenegger is seen wrapping his arms around the waists of two Playmates and giving each a kiss on the lips in vintage footage.
Theodore was just 19 when Hef first set his sights on her. He was 50.
“He groomed me and twisted my mind into thinking his way was normal,” she said of Hefner, who passed away in 2017 after becoming septic.
“He introduced me to drugs. I’d never had a drink or a drug before going up to the Playboy Mansion. And my first night there I was handed champagne and the drugs came later, and I was underage,” she added.
Theodore became Hef’s primary girlfriend for around five years, spanning the late 1970s and early 1980s. His never-ending supply of cocaine and “leg spreader” Quaaludes helped dull the unpleasantness of being involved in orgies at least five nights a week and being ordered to have sex with scores of men (and women) while the voyeuristic Hefner watched. She said she also caught him having sex with her pet.
“I walked in on him with my dog and I said, ‘What are you doing?’ I was shocked,” she said. “He made it seem like it was just a one-time thing, and that he was just goofing off. But I never left him alone with my dog again.”
That claim was the “most shocking” unearthed by the documentary’s director, Alexandra Dean, over the year she spent chronicling the as-yet-untold stories by women who had experienced the grinding depredation of Hefner’s “heinous Playboy machine,” The Post continued.
“I didn’t go into this thinking I was going to hear these really shocking things,” Dean, who at first wasn’t interested in making a Hefner documentary, said. “I figured it’d be fun, but kind of lightweight.
“But as I started to have these conversations [with the survivors of Hefner], the project transformed 180 degrees, from lightweight to super-critical,” she said, adding that it has become her most important documentary project to date, which she began after wrapping “This Is Paris,” a documentary about Paris Hilton.
“The women were telling me what they’d been through, and why it was important for us to re-examine who Hef really was,” Dean added. “Our ideas of emancipated womanhood, sexuality and sexual freedom are all wrapped up with Playboy. But is a man like Hugh Hefner fit to define that?”
“He’s not a hero, but he could have been,” Theodore told The Post. “He could’ve been a great man, but he did all these [horrible] things.”