Former spouse alleges Playboy mogul's widow is a gold digger and betrayer

By Minh Long   February 6, 2024 | 03:03 am PT
Kimberly Conrad, ex-wife of Playboy's Hugh Hefner, has accused his widow, Crystal Hefner, of attempting to tarnish her late husband's reputation for financial gain through a memoir that delves into his secrets.

Speaking to TMZ, Kimberly Conrad, a model who was married to Hugh Hefner from 1989 to 2010 and shares two children with him, criticized Crystal Hefner for initially embracing life at the Playboy Mansion, marrying the famed adult magazine's proprietor, and inheriting millions of dollars, only to later portray herself as a victim.

Crystal Hefner, the third wife of Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner. Photo from her Instagram

Crystal Hefner, the third wife of Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner. Photo from her Instagram

"Only Say Good Things: Surviving Playboy and Finding Myself," by Crystal Hefner, the third wife of Hugh Hefner, was launched at the end of January, nearly seven years after the death of Hugh Hefner.

Kimberly asserted that Crystal could have left Hugh at any time but chose to remain for the allure of wealth and fame.

Kimberly Conrad believed that her former husband, Hugh Hefner, was exploited by his wife, Crystal Hefner, who was 60 years his junior, in his final years. She countered Crystal's claims of a toxic, loveless marriage by asserting that Hugh did not manipulate her.

Kimberly felt compelled to speak out as she considered it unjust that Hugh Hefner, who passed away in September 2017 at the age of 91, could no longer defend himself. She praised him as a trailblazer in advocating for free speech and sexual freedom, and a prominent figure in numerous social and cultural movements.

While Kimberly Conrad defended Hugh Hefner, Crystal unveiled her own recollections.

Crystal disclosed enduring emotional abuse and psychological trauma during her years with the founder of the adult magazine empire.

Within her memoir, Crystal vividly recounts her entry into the Playboy Mansion at 21, assuming roles as Hugh Hefner's girlfriend, fiancée, and wife.

Born in 1986, the model exposed the tumultuous nature of her husband's sexual experiences, frequently engaging with multiple women simultaneously. She also highlighted his use of Viagra to sustain his sexual activity even at the age of 80, which contributed to his hearing impairment in one ear.

In addition to her role as Hugh's girlfriend, Crystal took on the responsibility of arranging encounters with other women for him.

Crystal revealed that having sex with Hefner came to an end in 2014 when he was 88, a moment that she describes as a relief.

Tformer Playboy model asserted that Hugh Hefner maintained strict control over both her and other women, imposing stringent rules within his opulent mansion.

According to The New York Post, Crystal Hefner explained the reason for the memoir’s title "Only Say Good Things" that Hugh Hefner once told her "Once I go, when I’m gone, please only say good things about me."

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