According to a report, Izabella St. James, then 26 and a law student, enthusiastically accepted an invitation to play one of Hugh Hefner’s seven girlfriends.
The 91-year-old founder of Playboy magazine passed away in 2017. In 2022, A&E aired a 10-part docuseries titled “Secrets of Playboy,” which sought to investigate the originator of the company and its tangled history. New interviews with ex-Playmates and exes are included.
St. James, 47, explained to Fox News Digital that back in 2002, following law school, she became one of Hefner’s girlfriends, and she moved to the mansion. Hefner had a primary girlfriend who used his bedroom. The remainder of them had separate bedrooms. The girlfriends had the freedom to do anything they wanted during the day. A few nights each week, they went to nightclubs and had the chance to sleep with Hefner if they chose to.
There were strict ground rules. The girlfriends had to be back at the mansion by 9 p.m. each night. Hefner didn’t want girls to be able to go to parties without him. St. James supposed that Hefner didn’t want the women to cheat on him. The second rule was they could not cheat on Hefner. There was no interaction with the staff allowed.
An ex-wife of Hefner said she would speak up about toxic exploitation and misogyny at the Playboy Mansion.
The 37-year-old Crystal Hefner has revealed that she hid her true sentiments about the Playboy Mansion in the past to shield her late husband but that she is now resolved to come clean. The Playboy model will do so in her upcoming autobiography, “Only Say Good Things,” due out in 2024.
Holly Madison, another ex-girlfriend of Hefner’s, alleged in the 10-part A&E docuseries “Secrets of Playboy” that aired in 2022 that Hefner saved naked photos of women as blackmail.
Madison said she stayed with Hefner at the Playboy Mansion solely because she was afraid he would release the pictures.