Former Playboy mansion playmate and reality tv star Bridget Marquardt revealed that Hugh Hefner, the Playboy founder had a “black book” where he kept records of women he slept with. A docuseries on the antics of the founder and other people in the company was released early this year.
The series titled “Secrets of Playboy” interviewed several people in the Playboy company as well as former Playboy Playmates and girlfriends of Hefner. In preparation for the series, Playboy Group released a statement that denounced any involvement with the Hefner family and proclaimed their support of the women involved.
Marquardt, along with Hefner’s previous girlfriend Holly Madison, recently shed light on a record the founder kept on his sexual encounters. According to Madison, the “black book” kept her from leaving the mansion, and when she eventually decided to leave, she contemplated destroying it.
Read on to learn more.
Bridget Marquardt On Living With Hugh Hefner
According to Marquardt, when Hefner was alive, he kept a record of more than his thriving company finances. The 48-year-old joined Madison on the “Girls Next Level” podcast in an episode called “The Rules of the House.” During the podcast episode (via Newsweek) the duo talked about living with Hefner and the rest of the Playmates in the mansion.
Marquardt also talked about her personal relationship with the businessman when he was alive. She revealed that the Playboy founder had a “black book” where he routinely kept records of his previous sexual encounters in the Playboy Mansion.
In previous podcast episodes, the duo talked about several things that went on in the Playhouse. They claimed that while living with Hefner, there were some “cult-y” aspects regarding how things were run in the house and also shed light on their first sexual encounter with him.
Bridget Marquardt Claims Hugh Hefner Had A Black Book
While talking about the elusive “black book” on the podcast, Marquardt explained that at the time, she went to ask the Playboy founder for her regular allowance. The request led to a trip down Hefner’s bedroom, where he had his safe that stored records of girls that had been paid their “allowance” and girls that had slept with him previously.
The reality star recalled, “He was always very nice about it, at least for me. He’d be like, ‘oh, yeah, sure.’ And then he would walk over to the safe and open it up, and he has this little black book in there that he would pull out.”
Marquardt continued, “The black book kept track of a few different things. It kept track of when somebody collected their allowance. He would mark it off, so you couldn’t ask for it twice. But it also kept track of who slept with him and when.”
Holly Madison Wanted To Destroy The Book
Further on in the podcast, Madison said that the thought of the “black book” disgusted her so much that around the time she planned to leave the house, she thought of breaking into the safe and destroying it.
She said, “Because I’m just so disgusted with how he keeps a record of who he has sex with, what night, and takes all these nudes of all the girls like when they’re in the limo and drunk and flashing and stuff and then prints them out hands them to every girl in the limo.”
The 42-year-old revealed that Hefner planned on donating a scrapbook made from those photos to a library. The idea of her naked photos being publicized reportedly made her afraid and kept her from leaving the Playboy founder.
Madison continued, “So that was another thing that made me feel kind of weird and afraid to leave as I felt like there was this mountain of revenge porn that everybody’s gonna see at some point. It was just gross.”
Playboy Cut Ties With Hugh Hefner’s Family
The “Secrets of Playboy” docuseries premiered on January 24, 2022, and reportedly revealed the company’s inner workings during Hefner’s time in power. The show also interviewed several insiders from the company and people who were part of the Playboy Mansion in its prime.
In a letter published to distance the company from Hefner’s actions, PlayBoy Group revealed that they were in support of every individual that stepped up to reveal their experiences. They also disclosed that the company was no longer linked to the Hefner family.
The statement according to People, read, “Today, our organization is run by a workforce that is more than 80% female, and together we are building upon the aspects of our legacy that have made a positive impact, including serving as a platform for free expression and a convener of safe conversations on sex, inclusion, and freedom.”
It encouraged viewers to watch and support the women interviewed as they shared their stories and embedded links to nonprofits.