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Hugh Hefner's son says 'Secrets of Playboy' is his 'favourite documentary ever about dad'

Dominic Smithers

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Hugh Hefner's son says 'Secrets of Playboy' is his 'favourite documentary ever about dad'

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Hugh Hefner's son says Secrets of Playboy is his 'favourite documentary about his dad'. See what he thinks:

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Since the former porn magnate's death in 2017, a number of allegations of sexual assault and controlling behaviour have been made against him.

Secrets of Playboy was released earlier this year and contains interviews from former Playboy models like Holly Madison and Sondra Theodore.

In the bombshell series, it's claimed that Hefner drugged models, demanded orgies, and that living at the mansion was 'like a cult'.

Marston Hefner has now revealed what he thinks of it and the allegations levelled against his father.

"I have a hot take on this one," he tells LADbible. "I grew up watching every single documentary about my dad, and I realised that my dad controlled the narrative of his own story, like over and over again.

Hugh Hefner and son Marston. Credit: WENN Rights Ltd/Alamy
Hugh Hefner and son Marston. Credit: WENN Rights Ltd/Alamy

"And it makes for a really uninteresting story if you get to tell it without any outside influences saying, 'Well, he was actually a d**k in this situation' or whatever, and so the documentaries were really awful about my dad.

"This was the first documentary where it showed a completely different aspect of my father, and I was like, 'Yeah, that makes a lot of sense'.

"The other aspect of it is that a lot of the stories were made up, and so my job as his son watching it was going, 'I believe her, this one's nuts, and this one's story I think adds up because what she's saying about the mansion'.

"And so I found a lot of it to be very honest, while at the same time, there were a lot of people who just, you know, wanted to stay relevant or stay famous."

He added: "But for me, personally, it was like my favourite documentary that has ever been done about my dad."

Marston, who is a writer and didn't follow his dad into the Playboy business, says it's not as cut and dry as people may think or as the documentary may have portrayed.

He says that he has had to come to terms with the fact that while he knew his dad as being supportive and loving, and is thankful for the life he gave him, there was another side to the story.

Hefner with former girlfriends Holly Madison (left) and Bridget Marquardt (right). Credit: ZUMA Press, Inc./Alamy
Hefner with former girlfriends Holly Madison (left) and Bridget Marquardt (right). Credit: ZUMA Press, Inc./Alamy

"There were a lot of liars in the documentary, but there were also a lot of stories that I thought were true," says Marston.

"And I came to accept the true stories just by saying my father was neither wholly good or wholly bad. I think a lot of people who watched that documentary, and agreed with it, go, 'This is an evil person', and that's just not the case.

"You can have someone do something that is a big mistake and that person can still love his children unconditionally.

He added: "It was tough, but at the same time, I don't know who's telling the truth in those documentaries.

"All I know is that some of the things that are being said feel emotionally really true."

Marston Hefner has just released his book High School Romance, which you can find out more about here.

Topics: Playboy, Hugh Hefner, US News, Documentaries, TV and Film

Dominic Smithers
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