Hugh Hefner attempts to undo all the trouble he’s caused by taking nudity out of Playboy – but it’s too late…

Alexandra Mayers commentary: I have a feeling that pornographers and porn agents nationwide are PISSED that they can no longer lure young women into disrobing in front of a camera via false promises of appearing in Playboy magazine…

I feel the only reason Hefner signed off on this move is in effort to save his own ass in regards to the Bill Cosby situation…

Too little too late IMO.

article below via DailyNews

hugh hefner 01Not since seven people died from cyanide-laced Tylenol in 1982 has a brand been in as much danger as Playboy is now.

On Oct. 9, Bill Cosby answered questions under oath, for seven hours, about allegations that he drugged and sexually abused women. Judy Huth says the comedian victimized her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974, when she was 15 years old. A judge has allowed a lawsuit by Huth to go forward.

On Thursday, Huth answered questions under oath about the incident. The depositions will remain under seal until Dec. 22, when Judge Craig Karlan will decide whether to make any of the testimony public.

In what may be a strategic bit of damage control, Playboy announced Tuesday that the magazine will no longer show pictures of nude women. The company is in need of damage control, because Judy Huth’s story is not the only one that features the Playboy logo in a cameo role.

Model Chloe Goins says she was drugged and molested by Cosby at the Playboy Mansion in 2008 when she was still a teenager. P.J. Masten says she was working as a Playboy bunny in 1972 when Cosby drugged and raped her at a Chicago hotel. Masten says she reported the incident to her supervisor and was told to keep her mouth shut because Cosby was “Hef’s best friend.” Victoria Valentino says she was drugged and raped by Cosby in the late 1960s when he was a TV star. She says she didn’t report it because she was a Playboy playmate and thought no one would believe her.

Judy Huth’s attorney, Gloria Allred, will be taking testimony from more witnesses. Allegations of rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse of a minor, drug use and intimidation will be in the news for a long time, with the Playboy bunny logo showing up in a significant percentage of the stories.

Playboy Enterprises makes more money from licensing the Playboy name and logo than from any other part of its business. The bunny logo can be found on lingerie, liquor, bath products and jewelry. Last December, Playboy CEO Scott Flanders said product licensing generates $30 million in annual net profits just on sales in China, where pornography is illegal.

Flanders was ready to drop nudity from the magazine at that time, but the idea did not have the support of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, who still approves the models and photography personally.

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