Playboy twins ‘glad’ Hugh Hefner’s dead as they expose Mansion’s dark side

Playboy twins ‘glad’ Hugh Hefner’s dead as they expose Mansion’s dark side

May 24, 2022

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Twins who lived at the Playboy Mansion were “glad” when they found out Hugh Hefner died.

Karissa and Kristina Shannon spent two years living in the magazine mogul's property – and claim they were left with PTSD and depression due to their time there.

The sisters allege they were “groomed” into participating in group sex sessions and plied with drugs and alcohol.

And their 19th birthday marked the first time they were allegedly pushed to sleep with Hefner.

Karissa says she fell pregnant at 19 to Hefner when he was 83 – and “if felt like carrying the devil’s child”. She had an abortion without the tycoon ever knowing.

The 32-year-old twins, who left the Mansion in 2010 and went on to appear on reality TV show Big Brother, now plan to sue Playboy for emotional distress and trauma.

Kristina told the Sunday Mirror: “Hef acted like he owned you. If we broke his rules, six guards would drag us to our room and not let us leave. Hef called it ‘HMF arrest’, after his initials. He preyed on vulnerable young girls like us. He would offer you the world, then keep you trapped in his house, which was like a golden prison.

“When Hef died, part of us did feel sad, but another part was like, ‘OK good, no more girls are going to be groomed and ruined like we were’. I thought Playboy was one big family – now I can see it was a cult…

"We were Playmates, employed, and everything happened at the mansion, so we want to go after them. We are speaking out because we want people to know who he truly was and what was going on behind closed doors.”

Karissa and Kristina spent two years at the Playboy Mansion, which they believed in starry-eyed innocence was home to a world of glamour, celebrity and fun.

But the reality, they say, was group sex, drugs and strict controls – a world away from what they had naively imagined.

The girls were invited there after Hefner’s team saw pictures of a glamour photo shoot they did while making ends meet between waitressing jobs.

The sisters were flown from Florida – where they lived in a trailer park and were raised by their penniless gran – to Los Angeles, picked up in a limo, licence plate HEF 1, and taken to meet Hefner.

Karissa said: “We had just turned 18 and were so naive. I remember Hef being very charming and nice. He was wearing silk pyjamas and slippers he always wears with his red robe.

“He was like a king in a castle – so powerful. He said, ‘Hey, will you come sit next to me?’ We could see other Playmates getting jealous.”

The twins moved in and were given $1,000 a week each to appear in Girls Next Door, a reality show about Hefner and his girlfriends, who included Kendra Wilkinson.

But it was a year later that they slept with him – after, they say, he gave them quaalude, a sedative known for its hypnotic qualities. It had the crude nickname “leg spreaders” because users were powerless to resist.

Kristina claims: “On our 19th birthday he took us to a club. He bought us alcohol even though the US age limit is 21. When we got back, Kendra was like, ‘Do you girls want to smoke some weed in Hef’s room’? But when we got into his room, Kendra left. We got really nervous.

“Hef noticed and said, ‘Why don’t you slip into something more comfortable?’ He pulled out silk pyjamas from Italy and we put them on. He pulled out this big pill like the type a horse would take. It was quaalude, which we found out he used all the time.”

Karissa claims Hefner touched them as the drug took effect. She says: “He told us the drugs would help with our anxiety. We smoked some pot. We felt frozen at first but after a while the pill made us loose and fuzzy.

“He kept saying, ‘My babies, my babies,’ and cradling us as we lay either side of him. He told us to call him ‘Papa’. It was almost 5am when we got back to our room that first night and we agreed, ‘He is the devil. He has a black soul. He is going to hell’.”

The sisters claim Hefner acted like a king and told them to call him Papa.

They say they felt too ashamed to tell anyone what happened. In the months that followed they say they were regularly forced into booze and viagra-fuelled group sex with Hefner and other women.

Karissa says: “Hef would take six or seven girls to his room around midnight.

“Hef would be at the centre of the bed on his back. He had this big mirror on the ceiling. Afterwards we were disgusted and would scrub our bodies using hot, hot water and soap until we were red.”

Karissa says she found out she was pregnant by chance when she had a blood test before a planned breast enlargement, paid for by Hefner, in 2009.

She says: “I wasn’t having sex with anyone else so it only could have been his baby. I just wanted to get rid of it as soon as possible. I didn’t want Hef to find out and he never did. I was disgusted with my body and felt like there was an alien inside my stomach. It was like the devil was inside of me. I didn’t want anyone to know I was carrying an 83-year-old man’s child.”

Kristina adds: “I found a clinic in LA. I got Hef’s security to drop us at the mall, pretending we were going shopping, then called my friend to pick us up. We were able to keep it secret.”

The accusations follow new series Secrets of Playboy, which alleges the magazine mogul was a serial predator who even threw weekly “pig nights” at which “ugly” prostitutes plied their trade. It will raise more questions about how rich, powerful men could get away with abusing women in full sight.

In 2010 – by which time Hefner was seeing his future wife Crystal Harris – the twins left the mansion. They went on to appear in Celebrity Big Brother in 2012 and now split their time between homes in Michigan and Florida.

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