Hugh Hefner’s Widow Says She’s Destroyed His Stash Of Nonconsensual Playmate Nudes

Hugh Hefner’s widow has revealed that she’s destroyed all the nonconsensual photos of former Playmates following the Playboy mogul’s death. In the new A&E docuseries Secrets of Playboy, Holly Madison admitted she was concerned about the possibility of revenge porn one day being leaked. However, Crystal Hefner promised to protect Madison and the other girls.

  1. Madison dated Hefner between 2001 and 2008. She was considered his “main girlfriend” for many years and even starred alongside him in the 2005 reality series The Girls Next Door. However, she worried about splitting up with him and leaving the mansion because she knew he was in possession of nude photos of her that he took without her consent — and she wasn’t the only one.
  2. Crystal reached out on Twitter to reassure her and the other women. Taking to Twitter on Monday, Crystal said that she understood Madison’s concerns but promised that all of the photos previously in Hefner’s possession had been disposed of for good. “I found thousands of those disposable camera photos you are talking about,” Crystal tweeted to Madison. “I immediately ripped them up and destroyed every single one of them for you and the countless other women in them. They’re gone.”
  3. Madison thanked Crystal for protecting the women. After all, she’s always been open about what a terrible experience it was living at the mansion, especially in her 2015 memoir Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny. In the book, she said her time there was “full of misery” and that she battled depression and suicidal thoughts while there. “Everyone thinks that the infamous metal gate was meant to keep people out. But I grew to feel it was meant to lock me in,” she wrote.
  4. Madison fully expected Hefner to use the photos as blackmail. She explained on Secrets of Playboy that Hefner’s possession of the photos is one of the reasons she waited so long to leave him. “When I lived at the mansion, I was afraid to leave,” Madison admitted. “Something that was always lingering in the back of my mind, I think since the very beginning, was that if I left there was just this mountain of revenge porn just waiting to come out.”

Thankfully, it looks like she doesn’t have to worry about that now.

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