Hugh Hefner on Tiger Woods and Jesse James rehabbing after being caught cheating: ‘It’s a cop out’


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Who better than the founder of Playboy to ask about the dalliances of today’s entertainers who run to rehab once they’re found cheating?

Hugh Hefner turned 84 on Friday, and moments after playing around with the birthday gift just given to him by his girlfriend (Hef got an iPad), he sat down and talked about the new trend of 3-D movies (‘It’s a gimmick and how long it will last we’ll see.’), this year’s box-office blockbuster ‘Alice in Wonderland’ (‘Slight on story, very strong visually. Tim Burton is a genius.’), and why he has never found himself embroiled in scandal despite his less-than-mundane life.


But when it came to asking the man who knows a thing or two about human sexual behavior, particularly in regard to famous men, Hefner said although he believes some people have become addicted to sex and need treatment, it doesn’t have much to do with sex when the likes of Tiger Woods and Jesse James enter rehab.

‘I think it is a cop out,’ Hefner said from inside the Playboy mansion. ‘In the cases we are talking about here, they’re making choices and they think they can get away with it. And I think the real immorality about it is the cheating, not the sex.’

Not long after the interview, Hef was joined by his friends for an annual viewing of his favorite film, ‘Casablanca,’ after eating caviar and drinking champagne by candlelight.

‘Very romantic,’ he explained.

-- Tony Pierce

Video credit: Tim French / Los Angeles Times

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