Playboy insiders lift the lid on sordid parties at 'mini mansions'
EXCLUSIVE: ‘There was rape on a regular basis.’ How Hugh Hefner’s friends ran their own Playboy ‘mini mansions’ with ‘reject’ Playmates promised fake modeling contracts before they were ‘traded like cattle’ to rich and powerful men
- Playboy insiders have lifted the lid on the sexual abuse, drugs, trafficking, and other illicit activity that took place at ‘mini mansions, ‘in interviews with DailyMail.com
- Playmate ‘rejects’ were housed at a network of Beverly Hills homes owned by men in Hugh Hefner’s inner circle who fed them false promises of contracts
- Jennifer Saginor, daughter of Hefner’s personal physician, ‘Dr. Feelgood’ Mark Saginor, said the women were instead drugged and ‘pimped out’
- ‘The young girls who were a part of the mini mansions did not realize they were being groomed to become high class escorts,’ she told DailyMail.com
- Saginor mentioned the alleged prostitution ring in her 2005 memoir, but publishers axed those pages in fear of retaliation from Hefner, who died in 2017
- Ex-Playmate Jackie Hatten also described the activities at some of the mini mansions where she claims she saw a governor and a former president at a party
Teenage girls as young as 16 were trafficked, drugged, beaten, groomed for prostitution, and raped at ‘mini mansions’ owned by Hugh Hefner’s friends and frequented by celebrities, a former president and state governor, Playboy insiders claim in interviews with DailyMail.com.
Witnesses said that wannabe ‘playmates’ who didn’t pass auditions at the Playboy Mansion would be housed at a network of Beverly Hills homes where they were fed false promises of modeling contracts and movie roles while ‘traded like cattle’ between rich and powerful men.
Jennifer Saginor grew up around the glamorous Playboy Mansion of the 1990s and 2000s.
As the daughter of Dr. Mark Saginor, Hefner’s close friend and personal physician dubbed ‘Dr. Feelgood’ over his reported proclivity for prescribing Quaalude pills, she says she was exposed to the secret, dark side of the Playboy enterprise from a young age.
Jennifer Saginor, the daughter of Hugh Hefner’s personal physician and friend, Dr Mark Saginor, described how she was exposed to the secret, dark side of the Playboy enterprise from a young age. She is pictured above with the late Playboy founder and her mother Susan, at her 30th birthday party
Saginor told DailyMail.com she tried to speak out about the alleged prostitution ring that went at some Playboy ‘mini mansions’ in her 2005 bombshell memoir Playground (right) but had over 200 pages stripped from the book by her publisher’s lawyers who feared legal retaliation from Hefner
The infamous Playboy Mansion was not the only venue for drugs, sex, and lechery, according to Saginor, who revealed men in Hefner’s inner circle held sordid parties at their own ‘mini mansions’
In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, she described debauched parties at some of the ‘mini mansions’ with young women encouraged to inject hard drugs, or dosed with date rape drugs without their knowledge before multiple men had sex with them.
Saginor, 51, claimed the women were ‘pimped out’ by the mansion owners, who received cash, favors and influence from clients including celebrities and top politicians.
She said women would often be blackmailed by men at some of the mansions, who threatened to tell their families they had become prostitutes and have them blacklisted from modeling careers if they did not agree to have sex.
‘I spent most of my life at the Playboy Mansion. Holidays, after school, weekends that turned into decades,’ Saginor told DailyMail.com. ‘My father was Hefner’s closest, consistent friend of 40 or more years and his live-in physician.
‘Men from Hef’s inner circle ran fake modeling agencies and housed young women, who had hopes of becoming rich and famous.
‘These men were trying to replicate Hef’s Playboy Mansion by creating their own mini mansion. Though these men were in Hef’s inner circle, Hef would distance himself from these mini mansions. He rarely attended these parties.
‘These men were very wealthy and connected in entertainment, politics and sports. They hosted massive parties under the guise of fake modeling agencies, hosted by sponsors so they seemed legit.
‘The young girls who were a part of the mini mansions did not realize they were being groomed to become high class escorts. Many became addicted to drugs, threatened and blackmailed.’
Saginor said mansion owners included late financier Bernard Cornfeld (left) and that parties were often organized by ICM talent agent Jack Gilardi (right)
Cornfeld’s mansion, Grayhall, is a three-story, 13,894-square-foot pile with 14 bedrooms, 12 baths, and a wood-paneled music room with hand-painted, coffered ceiling. It was known as one of Hefner’s ‘mini mansions’
Saginor tried to speak out about the alleged prostitution ring in a bombshell memoir in 2005, but had over 200 pages stripped from the book by her publisher’s lawyers who feared legal retaliation from Hefner, who died in 2017.
The deleted pages from the manuscript of her book, Playground: A Childhood Lost Inside the Playboy Mansion, detail chilling incidents including the 16-year-old Saginor stumbling across a girl at one of the mansions ‘stark naked’ and ‘beaten black and blue’ who was taken away by security, given Valium, and disappeared.
In another disturbing chapter, Saginor wrote about witnessing a young Swedish mini mansion resident and Playmate reject called Paulina Svenson overdose in a bathroom after taking drugs from a man in exchange for oral sex.
In the deleted book pages, she wrote that the mansion owner had his security guards wrap the bleeding Svenson in a blanket and left her in a bedroom without calling police or an ambulance.
Listening at the door, Saginor claimed she overheard one of the men inside saying ‘It’s too late. She’s dead.’
When Svenson’s father turned up weeks later looking for his missing daughter, Saginor said she lied and told him she didn’t know the girl, out of fear of retribution.
‘The words are pressed against the tip of my lips and so much of me wants to say something, but the fear of someone finding out I’ve exposed them keeps me silent,’ she wrote.
‘The man lowers his head, thanks me, and walks back over to the blue Dodge rental car.’
Saginor wrote that she had a romantic relationship with one of Hefner’s girlfriends, identified only as Kendall.
Saginor began spending most of her time at the famous party residence when she was six years old and grew to view Hefner(pictured) as an uncle or second father figure
When Saginor was just 17, Hefner ordered the two girls to his room at the Playboy Mansion and asked them to have sex in front of him – then told them to end their relationship when they refused, she writes in her book
When Saginor was just 17, Hefner ordered the two girls to his room at the Playboy Mansion and asked them to have sex in front of him – then told them to end their relationship when they refused.
‘It’s now painfully clear that you two can’t keep your hands off each other. I’d like to see what that’s all about,’ Hefner is quoted saying in Saginor’s deleted chapter.
‘Few know this about me, but I am a visual man,’ the late Playboy patriarch told his girlfriend and the 17-year-old Saginor. ‘I prefer to watch.’
In another deleted chapter from the book, Saginor recalls walking in on a naked, crying woman being videoed by two men in one of the rooms at a mini mansion party.
‘The girl is clearly drugged out of her mind,’ Saginor wrote. ‘Please,’ the girl bleats. ‘I don’t wanna do this…’
‘Come on, honey, Don’t you want to be a Playmate?’ The guy with the video camera zooms in, while the other creep tears the shirt from her hands, exposing her nakedness. She cries out. ‘Shut up, b***h.’
Saginor shared excerpts of chapters that never made it into the published version of her book, including one page in which she recalls walking in on a naked, crying woman being videoed by two men in one of the rooms at a mini mansion party
In another disturbing chapter, Saginor wrote about witnessing a young Swedish mini mansion resident and Playmate reject called Paulina Svenson overdose in a bathroom after taking drugs from a man in exchange for oral sex and how her father later came searching for her
‘The video guy chimes in. ‘You say a word and we send this video all over town.’
‘I’m sure your family doesn’t want to learn their daughter is a wh**e.’
Josh Behar, Saginor’s editor for the book at publishing house HarperCollins, said that he was disturbed and shocked when he read her manuscript, but was excited to help reveal the ‘dark underbelly’ behind the Playboy brand in 2005.
But he told DailyMail.com that Hefner’s wealth and influence spooked the publisher’s lawyers, who gutted many of the chilling allegations from the memoir despite receiving 15 affidavits from associates of Saginor backing up elements of her story.
‘Our legal team had a real issue with a lot of the things Jennifer was saying,’ he said.
‘No one else was coming forward, no one else wanted to come forward. Any time we tried to knock down doors, people didn’t want to speak about it.
‘I was very angry. I was devastated,’ the editor said, adding that publicity around the book launch mysteriously dried up after Hefner obtained an advance copy of the manuscript.
‘Everyone was very excited about the book, in-house and outside. But Hefner got an early copy of it somehow,’ he said. ‘And then all of a sudden we weren’t getting as much publicity.’
Dr. Mark Saginor (left), Jennifer’s mother Susan and Hugh Hefner at a luau event in the late 1970s
Saginor grew up around the glamorous Playboy Mansion of the 1990s and 2000s due to her father’s occupation. She is pictured left posing on the Playboy Mansion tennis courts age 6 and at age 7 at a Playboy Mansion party right
Saginor said mansion owners included late financier Bernard Cornfeld, and that parties were often organized by ICM talent agent Jack Gilardi, who before his death repped Hollywood greats including Charlton Heston, Burt Reynolds, Sylvester Stallone and Jerry Lewis.
Cornfeld’s mansion, Grayhall, is a three-story, 13,894-square-foot pile with 14 bedrooms, 12 baths, and a wood-paneled music room with hand-painted, coffered ceiling. It is currently worth an estimated $34million according to Redfin.
The former Playboy insider said at age 17 she herself was drugged and sexually assaulted by Mark Nathanson, then a politically influential California Coastal Commissioner who was in Hefner’s inner circle and frequented mini mansion parties.
Nathanson, who died in 2009, later confessed to orchestrating a $734,000 bribes-for-permits scheme and was close to former state governor Gray Davis. Davis was not involved in Nathanson’s bribery scheme, and there is no evidence he attended Playboy parties.
‘When I was 17 I was realizing some of these horrible things were going on and went to Mark for help. He was a fixer type, so well-connected that I thought maybe he could help these girls.
‘I went to his house. He put something in my drink, a date rape drug. I could not feel my body, I couldn’t move. I barely knew what was happening. It was the weirdest, most horrible situation. It was gross.
‘I had to lay down. He said ‘you can’t just get in my bed, you have to take your clothes off.’ When you’re so drugged out you don’t realize what’s happening.’
Saginor said he forced himself on her, and acted surprised when she resisted.
Saginor is pictured above with her dad, and the infamous Playboy founder
Saginor (second from right) with her friends playing at her father’s pool in Beverly Hills at age 13 years old 1982
‘He started listing off my father’s other friends he thought I’d had sex with. He just assumed it would be no big deal to hook up with me.
‘I said no, and he ended up pleasuring himself saying “the least you could do is help me out.” It was really traumatizing.’
Saginor also revealed that her father and Hefner were not just close friends, but lovers.
‘In my mind for many years, my father and Hef were in a very close friendship for many, many decades,’ she said.
‘What I’ve realized over time is that their connection was much more than just best friends.
‘They had a physical relationship. In the context of these different orgies, the orgies sort of started as something that was an opportunity for people to sort of experience their open sexuality.
‘Over the years my father really gave up his family life, his practice, to be with him.
‘I don’t know many men who would just basically give up their own life and then move into some other man’s house.
‘It’s my personal belief that the love of Hef’s life was my father.’
Hefner opened up to a TV show in the 1980s about enjoying sexual experiences with men, though he said he was just experimenting.
Saginor with friend and Playboy insider Jackie Hatten in Los Angeles last year
‘When you’re involved in the swing period and the orgy period of the 1970s, there was more than a little bisexuality,’ he said.
Saginor claimed rapist former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and accused serial sexual predator fashion designer Peter Nygard would often be seen at mini mansion parties, though she had no evidence they were involved in any wrongdoing at the booze-fueled blowouts.
Her shocking account is echoed by former Playboy Mansion regular Jackie Hatten, who said she even saw a governor and a former president at one sordid party.
Hatten told DailyMail.com that one mansion had a room called the ‘presidential suite’ reserved for the most exclusive VIP guests to take drugs and have sex with the wannabe Playmates.
‘The girls coming into town were fresh off the boat from the midwest,’ Hatten said.
‘These guys were posing as modeling agents and talent scouts, telling them they could be the next big thing. The guys scouting them know they won’t make the cut, but they know they can make it to their bedroom.’
Hatten was a regular at the Playboy mansion in the early 2000s, gaining access through her best friend, Hefner’s girlfriend Anna Nicole Smith.
She said many of the women at the mini mansions had little or no money, and were completely reliant on their hosts and other unscrupulous men around them.
‘The girls are destitute, so the next best thing is they’re getting paid to go out escorting to make ends meet. They’re trapped. The only way to survive is continue this vicious cycle,’ she said.
Hefner with his girlfriends in a Playboy Mansion holiday card from the early 2000s
The former Playboy insider added that the men controlling them would profit either through cash for pimping the women, or trading favors – including with Los Angeles city officials.
‘Somebody was building a house but couldn’t get zoning. Somebody else was working for the city. They traded girls and the red tape got cut,’ she said.
Hatten said it was commonplace for men at mini mansion parties to drug the girls and then have sex with them.
‘There was rape going on, on a regular basis,’ she said. ‘I’ve seen a model get injected by someone on numerous occasions, putting cocktails of pills in champagne and orange juice, so it masks the flavor. They get knocked out to the point they can’t talk.
‘I’ve seen duffle bags full of bottles of pills. They’d get them hooked on diet pills and uppers.’
A third woman, a former Playmate who asked to be named only as Rachel, said cocaine and quaaludes were readily available at the mini mansion parties, where young women were given free room and board with the expectation that they would have sex with the homeowner and his friends if required.
Saginor and Rachel are set to appear in a documentary series promising to lift the lid on alleged sexual misconduct and rampant drug abuse at Hefner’s mansion.
The first episode of a new ten-part A&E documentary series, Secrets of Playboy, was released Monday.
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