Page Six is reporting that Hugh Hefner dumped his casket full of sex tapes into the sea.
According to the media house, the Playboy founder chucked his collection of tapes, X-rated photos and even intimate notes from superstars into a casket and threw it into the Pacific ocean so that his dirtiest secrets would never be found.
Hefner was able to accomplish this with the help of his trusted head of security at the Playboy Mansion Joe Piastro – who died in 2011.
“Hugh was terrified of the world finding out everything about his past,” said a source close to the empire. “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,” the source continued. “Hef also had thousands of photographs taken at photo shoots or given to him by the girls over the years. Marilyn [Monroe] was definitely in them as well as many superstars who graced the pages of his magazine.”
“Some of the women were in relationships and others never even made the magazine, but simply were partying with him. He had hundreds of other photographs of women who were not famous, but he had enjoyed one nights stands with or even short relationships. There were also audio tapes too. In the 1990s, he had concerns about these personal items being stolen and sold around the world … it filled him with dread. 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. 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. So he decided that Joe should go out in the middle of the ocean with the cask and dump it all.”
“The parties at the mansion were becoming grander affairs and it was difficult to control where guests were going,” the source added. “He was terrified that some of this material would be stolen and the leaked out. After what [Anderson] had told him, he was certain that this material was best lost rather than locked away. He even worried that if anything happened to him it could get in the wrongs hands and hurt those who were still alive.”
The Playboy veteran died in 2017.