He always filmed the encounters. He had two large video cameras over his bed and he had these giant screens across from his bed. He had a whole library for these sex acts with different people and the video librarian told me Hef planned to use the footage against his associates if they ever threatened to come out with a memoir about him or the mansion.
For many people, the Playboy mansion was a safe haven from the paparazzi and private detectives. A married comedian came for years, bringing different girls to have sex with. I had to take many food trays into the room where he was with these girls.
There was always cocaine around, though Mr. Hefner didn’t partake, preferring weed (he would often have parties where he invited all the marijuana growers in California to the house).
The entire grounds were under surveillance. There were cameras everywhere and all the phones were bugged. The staff had to be very careful and the men weren’t allowed to speak to any of Hef’s girls or socialize with them.
Hef, who seemed quite a tool in many ways, was amassing tapes of all the celebs who were banging girls at his parties. You wonder who has all those tapes now. I am noticing this seems to be a theme among those who are successful.
I like to think I am a bright guy, but if I had begun to enjoy high success at 23 or 24 years old, I do not think it would ever have dawned on me to do this to everyone who I ran across. Had I been Hef, and found myself running a porn magazine, my thoughts would have run to producing the most high quality porn magazine available. Was I that much more naïve out of the box than everyone else?
It makes me wonder if things like this were Hef’s idea, or if he was merely a cog in a much more sophisticated machine that was doing it. Do the people prone to success in an r-world innately see the social networks as more important than the products, and see blackmail as merely a highly effective social lever in their socially manipulative toolbox to help them sell products? Or is there something larger that recruits the blackmailable, and then sets them about blackmailing others themselves?
Regardless, understand you may always be under eyes. Comport yourselves accordingly.