• Cooper Hefner said his dad, Hugh Hefner, lived an unconventional life, but he was not a liar and was always sincere 
  • Cooper seemingly shaded the women attacking his dad, saying the salacious stories were a case study of regret becoming revenge
  • Several netizens who knew the late Playboy founder agreed with Cooper's statement amid the controversy

Hugh Hefner's son, Cooper Hefner, spoke in his defense after former Playmates came forward and made disturbing allegations against his dad.

Cooper, Hugh's son with ex-wife Kimberley Conrad, released a statement on Twitter to address the various claims against the former Playboy founder. He also shaded Hugh's former girlfriends, who spoke ill against him, saying they were using their regrets as a form of revenge.

"Some may not approve of the life my Dad chose, but my father was not a liar," Cooper wrote. "However unconventional, he was sincere in his approach and lived honestly. He was generous in nature and cared deeply for people. These salacious stories are a case study of regret becoming revenge."

Several netizens supported Cooper and shared their positive encounter with his father. They agreed with him that the Hollywood icon was a great man.

"Your Dad was a great man who made a big positive difference and made [the] world a more open-minded, accepting place, including for people like me in the LGBTQ+ community. We owe him a big debt of gratitude," writer, activist and commentator James Duke Mason commented.

"Your father was always so welcoming and respectful to us. It’s almost bizarre the stuff we hear because it doesn’t match up to what we knew," realtor and blogger Tiffany Toth added.

Donna Tavoso, who claimed to have worked for Playboy for 10 years, said her time there was "one of the best experiences of my life." She described Hugh as "a tough but fair leader" who challenged the people to be at their most creative selves. Although she could only speak for herself, she agreed with Cooper's words. "Your comment is totally on point," she wrote.

Cooper served as the chief creative officer at Playboy Enterprises in 2016 and later as the chief of global partnerships in 2019. Although he didn't mention any program or drop a name, his comment came shortly after A&E released the trailer for its 10-part docuseries, "Secrets of Playboy," Page Six reported.

In the trailer, Hugh's former girlfriend, Holly Madison, compared the Playboy Mansion to a cult because they were "kind of gaslit and expected to think of Hef as, like, this really good guy." She added that they were isolated while there.

Meanwhile, his other ex-girlfriend, Sondra Theodore, claimed that Hugh "slipped into this madness as the years progressed," which scared her. He was allegedly obsessed with sex and got bored easily and groomed her into bringing other women into their bed.

Former Playmate Brande Roderick also defended Cooper's dad. According to her, the late mogul was "a wonderful person," and she learned a lot from him. Roderick also reminded the other girls that they were at the mansion of their own free will, so she was sad that she had to defender Hefner who "had done so much for so many people."

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Hugh Hefner died on Sept. 27, 2017. The businessman is pictured attending Playboy’s 60th Anniversary special event on Jan. 16, 2014 in Los Angeles. Charley Gallay/Getty Images