Holly Madison describes the ‘shell-shock’ of leaving the Playboy Mansion

n 2016, the former Playboy Bunny wrote a memoir titled “Down the Rabbit Hole” where she alleged years of verbal and emotional abuse. Then in late 2021, the former “Girls Next Door” star described her “traumatic” first sexual encounter with magazine mogul Hugh Hefner in the podcast “Power: Hugh Hefner.” In early 2022, she sat down with A&E for “The Secrets of Playboy” when she alleged the iconic Playboy Mansion was “cult-like.”

(From left) Model Holly Madison, Hugh Hefner and model Bridget Marquardt. Madison and Marquardt were both dating Hefner at the time.

On Jan. 23, the 43-year-old kicked off a new true-crime docuseries on Investigation Discovery (ID) titled “The Playboy Murders,” which explores high-profile tragedies associated with the iconic magazine brand.

Holly Madison details how she started her life again after leaving the Playboy Mansion.

“It started with sharing my own story back in 2015, just because I was frustrated,” the mother of two told Fox News Digital. “I would meet people every day who had preconceived notions of me based on other people’s versions of who I was supposed to be… I just really wanted to tell my side of the story and where I’d been coming from and why I made the decisions I made. It was just a personal story in the beginning.”

Holly Madison said she was hesitant to get involved in another project about Playboy's history.

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Bridget Marquardt, Sara Jean Underwood, Hugh Hefner, Christi Shake, Shauna Sand, Holly Madison and Kendra Wilkinson attend the 2007 Playmate of the Year party at the Playboy Mansion on May 3, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.

Holly Madison has called the Playboy Mansion "cult like."

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