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During its heyday, the Playboy brand was all about hot models living without any inhibitions in the luxurious Playboy Mansion. With the late Hugh Hefner as the man behind the entertainment and men’s lifestyle magazine, he was envied by men worldwide for his lavish and hedonistic lifestyle.

But behind the gates of the Mansion, there have been horror stories from the women who called the Holmby Hills residence their home. They’ve shed some light on what really went on, and things weren’t always as fun-loving as they appeared.

1. Holly Madison

From 2003-2009, Holly Madison was known as Hefner’s main girlfriend and one of the stars of the Playboy-inspired reality show, The Girls Next Door. After she and Hef ended their relationship in 2009, Madison gave up her position in the house and her job as the brand’s junior photo editor. She later released a book spilling all the juicy details about her life in the mansion. In her memoir, Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny, she stated, “Everyone thinks that the infamous metal gate was meant to keep people out. But I grew to feel it was meant to lock me in.”

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2. Izabella St. James

As an actress and former girlfriend of Hefner, Izabella St. James is all too familiar with what life was really like in the mansion. She also wrote a book about her adventures entitled, In Bunny Tales: Behind Closed Doors at the Playboy Mansion. Just like Madison, James explained how life with Hef wasn’t always as happy and cheerful as outsiders thought it was.

During her time as his girlfriend, she and the other girls were paid an allowance of $1,000 every Friday for doing their chores. In order to get her allowance, she would have to pick up all the dog poo from the carpet before asking for her money. Hef would also use that time to bring up any issues he had and whether or not he was happy with their relationship.

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