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Playboy Playmate says Hugh Hefner was quiet and enjoyed board games, disputes claims mansion was ‘cult-like’

Playboy Playmate says Hugh Hefner was quiet and enjoyed board games, disputes claims mansion was ‘cult-like’

Former Playboy Playmate Stephanie Adams has spoken out in defense of late founder Hugh Hefner and the Playboy Mansion, disputing claims that the iconic property was a "cult-like" environment. In a recent interview with a news outlet, Adams described Hefner as a "quiet, reserved, intelligent" man who enjoyed playing board games and hosting intellectual discussions.

Adams, who was Playmate of the Month in November 1992 and later became a successful businesswoman and author, lived at the Playboy Mansion for several years in the 1990s. She said that while there were some "eccentric" characters living at the mansion, including some who were involved in the occult, the environment was generally positive and supportive.

"There was a lot of camaraderie and support among the people who lived there," Adams said. "We were all there because we wanted to be there, and we had a lot of fun together."

Adams' comments come in response to recent allegations by former Playboy model Holly Madison, who described the mansion as a "cult-like" environment in her 2015 memoir "Down the Rabbit Hole." Madison, who lived at the mansion for several years and had a high-profile relationship with Hefner, alleged that women who lived at the mansion were pressured into engaging in sexual activities and subjected to strict rules and regulations.

Adams disputed Madison's claims, saying that while there was certainly a "party atmosphere" at the mansion, women were never coerced into anything they didn't want to do. "Hugh Hefner was always respectful of women and their boundaries," she said. "He never pressured anyone to do anything they weren't comfortable with."

The Playboy Mansion, located in the affluent Los Angeles neighborhood of Holmby Hills, was a symbol of Hefner's Playboy empire for more than four decades. The sprawling property, which featured a swimming pool, tennis court, and zoo, was known for its lavish parties and celebrity guests, including Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, and James Bond actor Sean Connery.

Hefner passed away in 2017 at the age of 91, leaving behind a legacy as a cultural icon and pioneer of the sexual revolution. While his legacy has been celebrated by many, it has also been criticized by some as promoting a narrow, male-centric view of sexuality.

As for the future of the Playboy Mansion, it remains unclear. The property was sold in 2016 to billionaire businessman Daren Metropoulos, who has indicated that he plans to preserve the mansion's historic features and maintain its status as a cultural landmark.

 

Former Playboy Playmate Stephanie Adams has spoken out in defense of late founder Hugh Hefner and the Playboy Mansion, disputing claims that the iconic property was a "cult-like" environment. In a recent interview with a news outlet, Adams described Hefner as a "quiet, reserved, intelligent" man who enjoyed playing board games and hosting intellectual discussions.

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