Holly Madison says it was a cult as she was ‘gaslit’ into thinking Hugh Hefner was ‘nice’

Holly Madison says the Playboy Mansion was like a ‘cult’ when she lives there in the early 2000s with Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson, her Girls Next Door co-stars.

The reality TV star dated Playboy founder Hugh Hefner – who died in 2017 aged 91 – from 2001 and 2008 and has revealed how ‘isolated from the outside world’ she and her fellow Playboy Bunnies were.

The 42-year-old model also claimed the girls were only allowed to leave the legendary Los Angeles pad for special reasons and were told not to invite friends over.

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Brainwashed? Holly Madison says the Playboy Mansion was like a ‘cult.’ Holly, far left, seen with, from left, Hugh Hefner, Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson in 2005

Bunny babe: With Hefner at his Holmby Hills mansion in 2003 for a commerical

In a preview of the upcoming A&E docuseries Secrets of Playboy, she spilled: ‘The reason I think the mansion was very cult-like, looking back on it, is because we were all kind of gaslit and expected to think of Hef as, like, this really good guy. You started to feel like, “Oh, he’s not what they say in the media — he’s just a nice man.”‘

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The blonde bombshell added: ‘Another thing that reminds me of a cult is how it was so easy to get isolated from the outside world there.

‘You had a 9 o’clock curfew, you were encouraged to not have friends over. You weren’t really allowed to leave unless it was, like, a family holiday.’

The vibe: The reality TV star dated Playboy founder Hugh Hefner – who died in 2017 aged 91 – from 2001 and 2008 and has revealed how ‘isolated from the outside world’ she and her fellow Playboy Bunnies were

Secrets of Playboy is a 10-part series and premieres on January 24.

It will also feature an interview with former ‘Bunny Mother’ PJ Masten and promises to expose the ‘hidden truths’ behind Hugh’s empire.

Holly recently claimed her Hugh was ‘literally pushed on top’ of her on their first date.

She initially agreed to go out with him when there was a ‘spot open’ after one of his girlfriends left the Playboy Mansion, and although she wasn’t expecting a ‘very traditional’ first date, she thought she’d be given an introduction into life with the media mogul rather than being pushed into anything.

Closed off: The 42-year-old model also claimed the girls were only allowed to leave the legendary Los Angeles pad for special reasons and were told not to invite friends over

Was he nice? In a preview of the upcoming A&E docuseries Secrets of Playboy, she spilled: ‘The reason I think the mansion was very cult-like, looking back on it, is because we were all kind of gaslit and expected to think of Hef as, like, this really good guy. You started to feel like, “Oh, he’s not what they say in the media — he’s just a nice man.”‘ Seen in 2007

She recalled: ‘I didn’t really know what went on with them sexually. I figured something, and I was prepared for that. I wasn’t prepared for what would eventually happen.

‘I wasn’t necessarily expecting to have sex that night. I thought it would be more of a first date.

‘[I thought it] would be more of a type of thing where I saw what happened, saw what was going on, [and] if I wasn’t comfortable with it, I wouldn’t have to do anything.’

Tune in: Secrets of Playboy is a 10-part series and premieres on January 24

However, things moved far quicker than Holly expected and the ‘Vegas Diaries’ star was left ‘mortified and embarrassed’ by the events of their first date.

She recalled: ‘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…

‘It wasn’t that the idea of possibly having sex with him repelled me so much. It was more the group aspect that was really out of my comfort zone and just the feeling of like, ‘Wow. That happened. Everybody knows it happened.’

‘All of a sudden it felt like everybody was going to know about me and I was horrified by it.’

His wife: Hefner and Crystal Hefner attend Playboy Mansion’s Annual Halloween Bash at The Playboy Mansion in 2014 in Los Angeles