Hugh Hefner once dumped a coffin full of sex tapes into the ocean

Greg Evans
Saturday 24 November 2018 11:45
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Playboy founder Hugh Hefner was a person with a mixed reputation.

Although he was famed for his iconic publication, which he created from scratch, there were also multiple allegations of mistreatment of Playboy staff and his former Playmates.

Hefner, who died last year aged 91, reportedly had an entire hidden archive of x-rated photos, tapes and notes from both female and male superstars dating from the 1990s back to the 1950s.

Worried about this material becoming public knowledge, he did what any horny teenager would do when fearing their parents would discover their porn collection and threw it out.

Except, he didn't just idly throw it into the trash, leaving it prone to paparazzi and private eye detectives, he went above and beyond to destroy the decades-worth of secrets he had accumulated.

Sources close to The Sun alleged that in the late 90s, Hefner had a specially-made coffin constructed that was lined with cement and filled with his various documents, and literally had it dumped into the ocean.

This information has surfaced prior to some of his personal items being put up for auction later this month.

According to the anonymous source, Hefner was concerned that the footage and images would be discovered and wished to protect himself and the others that were involved.

The anonymous said is reported to have said:

Hugh was terrified of the world finding out everything about his past. He had kept a treasure chest of memories of his life with all these beautiful women dating back from the 1950s to the mid-1990s.

He only shared a few of the stories with his aides, but kept his personal items of his time with many famous beauties a secret.

There was a batch of tapes, shot on 8 mm and cinefilm, which were filmed during some of the orgies he enjoyed in the 70s.

Some famous male movie stars too were in those videos and had that come out it would have been a huge scandal.

Marilyn Monroe is said to have been one of the stars that were included in the collection, but as parties at the Playboy mansion became more and more wild and unpredictable, Hefner became paranoid about the items being stolen and sold on.

He was also concerned after the famed Playboy model and actress, Pamela Anderson, had two sex tapes leaked and made public, sparking his eventual decision to have the collection destroyed, something that was overseen by his head of security Joe Piastro.

The source adds:

What actually sparked his concern was when Pamela had her tape with Brett Michaels aired and then Tommy Lee. He got so upset and paranoid that he decided it was best to have them disappear.

He didn’t trust people to burn them in case they got stolen, so he charged Joe with getting rid of them in the ocean. Joe had been his trusted head of security for years and had saved Hugh from many embarrassing situations in the past.

So he decided that Joe should go out in the middle of the ocean with the cask and dump it all. Hugh explained that he didn’t want anyone’s lives, marriages or careers to be destroyed by what he had In his library. Joe did it and never told anyone.

Hefner's unconventional way of disposing of his x-rated archive predictably inspired a lot of jokes.

HT Page Six

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