Hugh Hefner’s legendary parties led to a friend’s dog becoming addicted to cocaine after the pooch would try to lick guests’ noses, according to his ex-girlfriend.
The late magazine editor, who passed away in 2017 from sepsis at the age of 91, locked away the poodle for its own protection during his parties at the Playboy Mansion, in claims made by his ex partner Sondra Theodore.
The love of the A-Class drug in his crowds caused movie director John Dante’s pooch to leap across the room whenever he could smell it nearby.
The new documentary, Secrets of Playboy, is a 10-hour series featuring interviews with Sondra and Lisa Loving Barrett, a former employee.
Party time! Hugh Hefner’s legendary parties led to a friend’s dog becoming addicted to cocaine after the pooch would try to lick guests’ noses, according to his ex-girlfriend
Sondra – Hugh’s ex – claims during the Secrets of Playboy documentary that ‘huge vials’ of the white powder were dotted around the home.
She says: ‘There were drugs everywhere. John Dante was Hef’s best friend. He had a dog Louis — and this tiny poodle got hooked on cocaine.
‘The dog could smell it from across the room. He had to lock that dog up when people were around.
‘A very famous person walked into the house one night and that dog jumped off the couch and was licking her up the nose.
Woah! Sondra Theodore – Hugh’s ex – claims during the upcoming Secrets of Playboy documentary that ‘huge vials’ of the white powder were dotted around the home (the couple pictured in 1979)
‘She goes: “He just loves me.” We knew why that dog was on her.’
Having worked for Hugh from 1977 to 1989, Lisa Loving Barrett, adds: ‘Cocaine was a big deal,’ adding that it was even stored under a toilet paper holder.
It comes after Holly Madison detailed her ‘traumatic’ first night with Hugh at the mansion and how he snapped ‘sexually explicit’ images of intoxicated women.
During an appearance on the Power: Hugh Hefner podcast, the model, 41, who dated the late Playboy founder from 2001 to 2008, spoke in detail about her time living at the infamous estate.
Having a blast: His rumoured love of the A-Class drug caused movie director John Dante’s pooch to leap across the room whenever he could smell it nearby (stock image)
The Oregon-born beauty said on the podcast that she initially had hoped to be invited to move into the Playboy Mansion and ‘didn’t really know what went on with them sexually’, yet he was then ‘pushed on top’ of her.
She said: ‘I knew there must be something and I was prepared for that. I wasn’t prepared for what would eventually happen.’
The Girls Next Door alum said that after an evening at a club, she and Hugh went back to the mansion with a group of women.
She said: ‘I wasn’t necessarily expecting to have sex that night, I thought it would be more of a first date – even though obviously it’s not a very traditional first date…
Ladies’ man: The late magazine editor, who passed away in 2017 from sepsis at the age of 91, locked away the poodle for its own protection during his parties at the Playboy Mansion, in claims made by his ex partner Sondra Theodore (pictured right in 2002)
‘I thought it would be more the type of thing where I saw what happened, saw what was going on.
‘If I wasn’t comfortable with it, I wouldn’t have to do anything and I could make my decision on whether I wanted to come back for date number two or not.’
Holly said she ‘definitely was not expecting to be the first one to go that night but was wasted’ when she and Hefner had sex, which she described as a ‘traumatic experience.’
She added: ‘He was literally pushed on top of me. And after it happened, I was just mortified and embarrassed and it had way more of an emotional impact on me than I thought it would.’
Shocking: ‘A very famous person walked into the house one night and that dog jumped off the couch and was licking her up the nose’
Madison said her initial perception of Hefner was that she had ‘always admired’ him and that ‘he was really smart,’ but that she was ‘horrified’ that their sex life was evident to all others at the mansion.
‘It wasn’t that the idea of possibly having sex with him repelled me so much – I know that’s not relatable to a lot of people because they’re like, “Oh he’s an old man, gross,”‘ she told the podcast.
‘It was more the group aspect that was really out of my comfort zone and just the feeling of “Wow, okay, that happened. Everybody knows it happened.”
Tragic: It comes after Holly Madison (pictured) detailed her ‘traumatic’ first night with Hugh at the mansion and how he snapped ‘sexually explicit’ images of intoxicated women (pictured in 2021)
‘I kind of all of a sudden felt like everybody was going to know about me, and I was horrified by it.’
Madison said that the following day, she asked Hefner if she could move into the mansion as she ‘felt like, “There’s no taking that back so I might as well get what I came for.”‘
Madison said that moving into the mansion felt like she was getting ‘respect in a way,’ and that if she didn’t, she would have just been ‘haunted by this experience.’
In the interview, Madison said that Hefner frequently snapped ‘sexually explicit’ images of intoxicated women without their consent.
‘When girls would go out with Hef, in the limo, in the nightclub and come back to his room after, he was constantly taking photos of these women on his disposable camera,’ she said on the podcast. ‘And these women were almost always intoxicated. I know I was, heavily intoxicated.’
The reality star said the women she’s talking about weren’t ‘his regular girlfriends,’ but rather ‘new girls who were joining him for a night for the first time, or women who had flown out from across the country to test for a centerfold in allegedly professional conditions.’
She said the women would ‘be invited out and oftentimes would be pressured, not necessarily directly by him, he would have some of his girlfriends do it too, pressure them to come upstairs.’
Opening up: The model and reality star, 41, who dated the late Playboy founder from 2001 to 2008, spoke in detail about her time living at the infamous estate
The sex magnate would subsequently copy the images and ‘hand them out to everyone who had gone out that night,’ Holly said.
‘So if you were messed up and if you were in his bathtub with your top off and some other girl is doing some sexually explicit pose on you and he took a picture of that on his disposable camera, he’d make a copy and give it to everyone that night and put it in a scrapbook.’
She likened the practice to revenge porn, saying the photos were ‘not consensual’ because the women in the photos were ‘wasted’ at the time they were taken.
‘I don’t know if he just assumed that was okay because all these women want to be in the magazine so bad so they must be okay with getting naked,’ Madison said, ‘so I’m going to take pictures while they’re wasted and just hand those pictures out.’
Holly said that she confronted Hefner about the images about a year later when some were posted online.
‘I went to Hef and said, “Can you stop handing out our naked pictures to everybody, because one of the girls is putting it on the internet,”‘ Madison said. ‘I was kind of afraid to speak up to him but that was the extreme measure it took for me to say to him, “Hey, can you stop handing these photos out.”’
She said that Hefner went to the woman who posted them and told her ‘Holly narced you out,’ which led to a confrontation between the women, which Hefner ‘loved.’
Holly confessed she was relieved that the behavior ‘would never be accepted today,’ and that she is ‘grateful people are more aware and they know what revenge porn is and they know a little bit more about what consent is.’
Secrets Of Playboy will premiere Monday January 25 at 9pm on A&E in the US.
Throwback: The Oregon-born beauty said on the podcast that she initially had hoped to be invited to move into the Playboy Mansion and ‘didn’t really know what went on with them sexually’, yet he was then ‘pushed on top’ of her’ (pictured in 2003)