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Playboy 'Perv' Hugh Hefner 'drugged women and filmed celebrity guests', documentary claims

In a 10-part series, Hefner's former butler claims the millionaire would host "pig night" where he would invite prostitutes to come over to his mansion to have sex with his high-profile friends and would secretly film them.

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Hugh Hefner is linked by Sheila Levell (left) and Holly Madison, who is now one of his fiercest critics. Photo: Robert Mora/ Getty Images

Hugh Hefner is linked by Sheila Levell (left) and Holly Madison, who is now one of his fiercest critics. Photo: Robert Mora/ Getty Images

Hugh Hefner is linked by Sheila Levell (left) and Holly Madison, who is now one of his fiercest critics. Photo: Robert Mora/ Getty Images

PLAYBOY magazine has distanced itself from its late founder, Hugh Hefner, following a series of disturbing allegations that he drugged, groomed and secretly filmed girls and celebrity guests in his mansion.

Interviews with dozens of witnesses in a new documentary series has forced a fresh assessment of Hefner and his empire.

"Today's Playboy is not Hugh Hefner's Playboy. We trust and validate these women and their stories and we strongly support those individuals who have come forward to share their experiences," said a statement from the magazine before last night's first broadcast.

In a 10-part series, Hefner's former butler claims the millionaire would host "pig night" where he would invite prostitutes to come over to his mansion to have sex with his high-profile friends and would secretly film them.

Hefner reportedly had cameras in every room in the LA mansion and the garden, where there were hidden microphones.

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Hugh Hefner with the first edition of Playboy magazine in 1953 (Playboy/PA)

Hugh Hefner with the first edition of Playboy magazine in 1953 (Playboy/PA)

Hugh Hefner with the first edition of Playboy magazine in 1953 (Playboy/PA)

The late publisher, who died in 2017 at the age of 91, was just 27 when he started the publication that disrupted conventional media with its risqué and often graphic images.

However, former employees spoke to the filmmakers about the much darker side to the Playboy world.

The series includes interviews with Linda Lovelace, the 1970s porn star who found fame with the film Deep Throat, who said Hefner partook in bestiality and was interested in Charles Manson and snuff films.

Holly Madison, a model who dated Hefner for eight years, also told how he refused to use protection during sex and how the lifestyle even led her to consider suicide.

Others said Hefner had a stockpile of Quaaludes, the powerful sedative which Bill Cosby's accusers claimed he had used to drug them.

Hefner would keep them in a drawer in his bedroom and give them to women at the mansion, they said.

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