Ex Playboy Bunny Holly Madison: ‘Hugh Offered Me Drugs and Manipulated Us’

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Most of us outsiders perceive the Playboy mansion as a glamorous, enjoyable and desirable place where we all want to sneak in, especially for one of those famous Playboy parties. However, looks like our idealized image of the place can’t be farther from the truth – and don’t trust us, trust Holly Madison, one of Hugh Hefner’s ex-girlfriends.

In her autobiography Down the Rabbit Hole she explains that the life of a Playboy bunny, which sounds like a dream life full of luxury, crazy parties and exotic vacations, isn’t all that great.

In the book, Holly describes her first encounter with the infamous Hugh Hefner. It was in 2001, and at the time she worked as a cocktail waitress in an L.A. night club.

‘He asked me if I wanted drugs, after which he opened his hand to show me a bunch of pills,’ claims the beautiful blonde and continues ‘after I said no he told me that he’s usually against drugs, but that back in the 70s they used to call these pills ‘thigh openers’’.

That night she ended up in the mansion and a couple of weeks later she even moved in.


Holly claims that she wishes that she could grab the 21-year version of herself and shake some sense into her.

Life in the mansion is completely different than you would think. Holly said it’s more like a nightmare than a paradise. ‘I was full of confidence, but as soon as I moved into the mansion my confidence was lost,’ Madison said in her autobiography.

She was bullied around by other Playboy bunnies that were jealous of her, as Holly was Hef’s #1 girl and she shared a bed with him. But it was the Playboy Enterprises founder who striped her of her confidence. He was very much possessive and manipulative, and when he accused Holly of cheating him with famous magician Criss Angel, she decided to leave him and never look back.

Before she left Hef tried every trick up his sleeve to make the gorgeous blonde stay – at one point he even put her in his will.

The will stated that $3 million would be inherited by Holly Madison at the time of his death (provided I still lived in the Mansion,). It was more money that I’d ever know what to do with. But I didn’t want it, and I even felt offended by the offer,‘ says Holly about this ‘dirty’ offer.

Today, Madison is in a loving marriage with Pasquale Rotella, and the couple have a little baby girl, Rainbow (2).

Her autobiography Down the Rabbit Hole is to be released on June 23th.