Former Playboy Bunnies Karissa and Kristina Shannon spoke out about their time in the iconic mansion in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, under the looming presence of tycoon Hugh Hefner, who passed away in 2017 at the age of 91
The blonde twins lived in the Playboy mansion in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, for two years, after being recruited to live with the tycoon when he saw pictures of a glamour shoot they had done.
Karissa and Kristina were flown from Florida to LA, moving in with Hefner and his girlfriends – including Kendra Wilkinson – and being given $1,000 a week to star on the hit reality show Girls Next Door, which documented the lives of the women living in the $100 million mansion.
But they’ve recently spoken out about the alleged abuse they suffered while with Hefner, and told the Daily Mirror it was worlds away from what they originally thought they would be signing up to.
Kristina said they were regularly given drugs as part of Hefner’s bizarre bedtime routine, before they were forced into having group sex with the pensioner and a gaggle of other women.
Karissa said they were told the drugs – including weed and quaaludes – would help them feel more comfortable.
“He pulled out silk pyjamas from Italy and we put them on. He pulled out this big pill like the type a horse would take. It was quaalude, which we found out he used all the time,” Kristina said of their first experience in the tycoon’s bedroom.
“He told us the drugs would help with our anxiety. We smoked some pot. We felt frozen at first but after a while the pill made us loose and fuzzy,” Karissa said, as she confessed he would touch them while they were under the influence.
“He kept saying, ‘My babies, my babies,’ and cradling us as we lay either side of him. He told us to call him ‘Papa’,” she added, calling him “the devil” for what he had done to them.
Silenced by their shame, the twins continued living at the mansion, and took part in sex sessions with Hefner and other women most nights.
“Hef would take six or seven girls to his room around midnight. Hef would be at the centre of the bed on his back. He had this big mirror on the ceiling,” Kristina said.
“Afterwards we were disgusted and would scrub our bodies using hot, hot water and soap until we were red,” she added.
The twins left the mansion in 2010, and claimed that the property was bugged with “cameras and listening devices everywhere”.
“We had a 9pm curfew and his butlers were told to write down what we ate every day,” they added.