Hugh Hefner dumped personal sex tapes into the sea before death fearing his secret sexual trysts with A-list stars could be exposed
Hugh Hefner was prompted to dump the tapes after longtime friend Pamela Anderson had two sex tapes leaked, one with Tommy Lee and one with Bret Michaels
Playboy Magazine founder Hugh Hefner dumped a casket full of his personal sex tapes in the ocean ensuring that no one would see them, decades before he died at the age of 91 in 2017.
Hef entrusted Playboy Mansion head of security Joe Piastro with overseeing the sealing of video and audio recordings of his most secret affairs in a casket lined with cement and tossing it into the Pacific Ocean in the 1990s, The Sun reported.
"Hugh explained that he didn’t want anyone’s lives, marriages or careers to be destroyed by what he had In his library," the source told the publication, adding "Joe did it and never told anyone."
According to the source, Hef had Piastro place "a batch of tapes, shot on 8 mm and cinefilm, which were filmed during some of the orgies he enjoyed in the 70s' into a specially-made chest that was lined with cement." "He tossed the entire thing into the ocean because as Playboy Mansion parties got wilder in the late 1990s, he worried that his practice of documenting his every move might become a problem," the source said.
This took place around the time that he separated from his second wife, Kimberly Conrad, in 1998, who is the mother of his two youngest sons, current Playboy Enterprises CCO Cooper Hefner, 27, and Marston Hefner, 28.
Back then, Hefner was enjoying his newly-single life and "the parties at the mansion were becoming grander affairs and it was difficult to control where guests were going," the source said. The source added that he was "terrified" that some of this material would be stolen and then leaked out as some famous male movie stars were also in those videos.
The main concern came after what happened to close friend, Playmate and recurring cover model Pamela Anderson, who made a sex tape while on her honeymoon with rockstar Tommy Lee in 1995, and which was widely circulated in the early days of the internet.
Anderson had also made an earlier sex tape with Poison's lead singer, Bret Michaels, which was cut down to 60-second and four-minute versions, with frames appearing in Penthouse magazine in March of 1998.
"After what [Anderson] had told him, [Hef] was certain that this material was best lost rather than locked away," the source said. Instead of burning the materials, he entrusted Joe to get rid of those by dumping it in the ocean.
The revelation comes ahead of an auction of Hef's personal belongings to be held in Los Angeles and live online, on November 30 and December 1. The auction of Hef's personal effects will include his famous white captain’s hat, a pair of his black silk pajamas, one of his red smoking jackets, a custom 1974 Monopoly board game including a Playboy bunny playing piece, a pair of his Playboy bunny cufflinks, his 2016 passport and his personal Bible.
"All proceeds of the sale will benefit the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation in support of organizations that advocate for and defend civil rights, with special emphasis on First Amendment rights and rational sex and drug policies since 1964," the auction house said.