Despite having a reputation for being the mecca of the sexual revolution, the Playboy Mansion has a much more sordid history than most people care to recognize. In the wake of Hugh Hefner's passing at the age of 91, and even while he was alive, many former playmates have come forward revealing less-than savory details about what really went on behind closed doors at 10236 Charing Cross Road.
Most notably, Hefner's longtime girlfriend, Holly Madison penned a memoir titled, Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny in which she blows the lid off of life at the Playboy Mansion, ranging from the sex, to the rules, and everything in-between.
For instance, Holly describes that many of the girls felt trapped in the Mansion. Writing, “Everyone thinks that infamous metal gate was meant to keep people out. But I grew to feel it was meant to lock me in.” Beyond detailing the general mood of the Mansion, Holly also revealed disturbing secrets about "the rules" Hef strictly implemented.
Particularly when it came to sex, the Mansion was hardly a place of decadence and romance. In reality, it was seedy. Holly wrote, "In every room in the Mansion Hef keeps a tray with baby oil, Vaseline, and Kleenex. Many of Hef’s girlfriends get yeast infections from the baby oil."
Unsurprisingly, Holly Madison isn't the first playmate to open up about her experiences. In fact, she's one of many women who have since come forward with disturbing tales from their time at the Playboy Mansion.
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