LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating an allegation of sexual assault at the Playboy Mansion, the famed site of unabashed hedonism for more than 30 years.
News reports said the alleged incident took place at the weekend during a pyjama party hosted by Playboy magazine’s founder, Hugh Hefner, 81, who has lived and worked at the expansive property since 1971.
Playboy.com reported that the annual Midsummer Night’s Dream bash was attended by the likes of socialites Paris and Nicky Hilton, movie director Garry Marshall, rock star Dave Navarro and Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau.
An LAPD statement said detectives had started their investigation into “a possible sexual assault” on Monday.
“For reasons of law and confidentiality that are critical aspects in investigations of this type, no additional information will be released at this time,” the statement said.
A spokesman for Playboy Enterprises Inc, the adult-entertainment firm that owns the mansion and published the flagship magazine, also declined comment.
The mock-Tudor mansion sits on a lush 2.4-hectare lot that Hefner bought for $US1.05 million ($1.2 million) according to Playboy.com.