Former Playboy Playmate Gives Insight Into Holly Madison's Tell-All Book
Everyone is a little bit curious about what exactly happens in the Playboy Mansion.
Hugh Hefner’s former girlfriend Holly Madison published a tell-all book, Down The Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny, about her time living in the Playboy Mansion while dating the world’s most notorious bachelor.
And it’s not exactly glamorous. In fact, it resembles hell.
The book already has caused a little bit of bunny controversy. Hefner and Madison’s former co-girlfriend Kendra Wilkinson both claim Madison’s book wasn’t true — possibly because neither received what you may call praise from Madison in the book.
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Madison recalls Hefner’s dramatic outbursts of jealousy, his fake tears when his girlfriends misbehaved and even Wilkinson’s purposely ditzy behavior for attention.
However, Amber Campisi — yes that Campisi, granddaughter of Joe of Dallas’s Egyptian Lounge — and Playboy’s Miss February 2005 says she never saw Hefner in that manner.
“He’s just a really sweet man,” the Dallas native says. “He’s a gentleman. Very old school. Just a great guy. Both of my parents have met him.
“He’s a very routine person. He’s set in his ways like most older people are, so there’s rules and stuff, but you’re aware of them before you move there.”
Campisi says she has not read Madison’s book but still keeps in contact with most everyone from Playboy — except Wilkinson.
“Yeah, I texted (former girlfriend) Bridget (Marquardt) the other day because her cat died,” she says.
Campisi spent months at a time living on Playboy property while shooting her centerfold, allowing her to get to know all of the women. She says Madison never showed any depressive signs like she describes in the book — like wanting to attend therapy but Hefner not allowing it.
When Madison first moved into the Mansion, there were six other girlfriends, making her one of seven. Madison describes it as a sort of a mean girl hell — all of the women fighting with one another and Hefner working as the grand orchestrator because he enjoyed the competition over him.
“Girls are just naturally catty anyway and when she was there, there were seven of them and they were all very, very different,” Campisi says. “So there were some mean girls in that group.”
Mean girls or not, possibly the most shocking — or not so shocking — part of Madison’s book was when she revealed many of the girlfriends and Playmates were involved in prostitution, working for Hollywood madam Michelle Braun. Some girlfriends worked as recruiters and in the early 2000s, Turkey was the “hotspot” for the escorts. To try and put an end to all of it, Hefner demanded to see future Playmates’ passports. If they had a stamp from Turkey, they were out of the running.
“That was an actual thing,” Campisi says. “When I was a Playmate, they brought it up in our orientation that if we were contacted by certain former girlfriends, we had to notify the offices because that was an issue. They warned us about certain girls who tried to contact us.”
Madison also unveils what went on in Hefner’s bedroom. In chapter four, she makes a statement about the Playmates and Hefner.
“In those first few years, I would say the majority of the Playmates eventually selected had found their way into Hef’s bedroom,” Madison writes.
However, Campisi, a former Playmate, says this is not true.
“That’s not true,” she says. “The option is there, I’ll tell you that much. And the option was only there when he had the seven. Once it was down to Kendra (Wilkinson) and Bridget (Marquardt) and Holly (Madison), all of the bedroom stuff kind of fizzled out.”
But a book with this many secrets exposed to daylight and chapters going after the king of the Playboy empire is sure to anger some.
“A lot of (the girlfriends and Playmates) are defending Hef. I don’t know if they’re necessarily talking bad about her, but just saying that things were, I guess — she said she felt trapped; she couldn’t leave,” she says. “I mean no one was, like, forcing her to stay there and we’ve all been in relationships where we kind of feel stuck and it’s hard to leave and end things, so maybe that was what was going on and just because they’re celebrities, it spun into something else for drama purposes.”
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