Holly Madison continues to tell her experience as a Playboy Playmate, expounding on the “cult-like” atmosphere in the Playboy Mansion and around founder Hugh Hefner.
“The reason I think the Mansion was very cult-like, looking back on it, is because we were all kind of gaslit and expected to think of Hef as, like, this really good guy,” the “Vegas Diaries” author, 42, says in a clip from the upcoming A&E docuseries “Secrets of Playboy.”
“You started to feel like, ‘Oh, he’s not what they say in the media — he’s just a nice man.’”
She also claims that Hefner — who died in 2017 at 91 — had a habit of hiding the women away in the Mansion, adding, “Another thing that reminds me of a cult is how it was so easy to get isolated from the outside world there,” Madison explained.
Madison recently recalled her first sexual encounter with the Playboy boss, calling it “traumatic.”
“I was wasted,” Madison confessed. “He was literally pushed on top of me. And after it happened, I was just mortified and embarrassed, and it had way more of an emotional impact on me than I thought it would.”