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Holly Madison Accuses Hugh Hefner Of 'Abusive' Behaviour During Relationship

Holly Madison Accuses Hugh Hefner Of 'Abusive' Behaviour During Relationship

She lived at the Playboy mansion for seven years

Claire Reid

Claire Reid

Hugh Hefner's ex-girlfriend Holly Madison has accused him of 'abusive' behaviour during their relationship.

The 41-year-old shared a video on YouTube in which she opened up about filming the reality TV show The Girls Next Door, which was all about life at the Playboy mansion.


In the video Madison claims the late Playboy founder was 'verbally abusive' and that he deliberately caused tension between the women.

Madison said: "Even before the show was there he would very much create double standards and different rules for the girls and it was designed so he could have a big ego and he could feel fought over... it was really gross, in my opinion."

Later on, Madison says she was happy to have ended her relationship with Hefner in 2008.

She added: "At that point in my relationship with Hef, things had gotten so bad, he became over the top verbally abusive overnight and I just was panicking.

"Where you are the only one and you're dealing with that other one person one on one, you start to see their true character. I panicked, I was like I don't care what I'm giving up, I have to get out of here. I was a little sad the fun times were leaving, but not to the point I stopped to rethink my decision."

This isn't the first time Madison has made claims of abusive behaviour against her ex, with the actor previously sharing similar stories in her 2015 memoir Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny.

In her memoir, Madison wrote that she was left feeling so low she even considered ending her own life.


At the time, Hefner - who died in 2017 at the age of 91 - refuted the claims and accused Madison of attempting 'to rewrite history'.

In an official statement he released to US Weekly in 2015, he said: "Over the course of my life I've had more than my fair share of romantic relationships with wonderful women.

"Many moved on to live happy, healthy and productive lives, and I'm pleased to say remain dear friends today.

"Sadly, there are a few who have chosen to rewrite history in an attempt to stay in the spotlight. I guess, as the old saying goes: You can't win 'em all!"

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Topics: Celebrity