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Soul Train’s Don Cornelius accused of sexually assaulting Playboy bunnies

Don Cornelius’ son has refuted the allegations (Picture: FilmMagic)

Don Cornelius has been accused of sexually assaulting Playboy bunnies decades ago, but his son denies the claims. 

The Soul Train creator was the subject of the allegations featured in the latest episode of Secrets Of Playboy, which aired in the US on A&E on Monday, exploring the darker side of Hugh Hefner’s mansion. 

Former ‘bunny mother’ PJ Masten said Cornelius was a Playboy VIP and, on one occasion, spotted two new recruits who were sisters and invited them to join him in the bar’s VIP area. 

The TV producer – who died in 2012 – allegedly invited the women to a party at his house and it’s claimed they didn’t emerge for several days. 

Masten said in the episode: ‘It was probably the most horrific story I’ve ever heard at Playboy. This story is the story of a massive cleanup that never hit the press. 

‘These two young girls got in his Rolls-Royce, went up to his house and we didn’t hear from them for three days. We couldn’t figure out where they were.’ 

Cornelius died by suicide in 2012 (Picture: FilmMagic)

One of the women eventually called a bunny mother at the Playboy Mansion claiming she had been held at Cornelius’ house. Playboy’s head of security, Joe Piastro reportedly went to pick them up and found them ‘bloodied, battered [and] drugged’. 

Masten claimed they were ‘tied up and bound’ and that one of the sisters could hear the other being ‘brutalised’. 

However, Cornelius’ son Tony Cornelius vehemently refuted the allegations and told People that Masten’s account is an ‘unbelievable story without real proof’ and ‘salaciousness’. 

The ex ‘bunny mother’ said that the women didn’t notify the police as they were urged to keep quiet and avoid sharing their alleged ordeal with the press. 

Cornelius died by suicide on February 1, 2012 at the age of 75. 

Last month, Hefner’s son defended the late publishing mogul ahead of the documentary’s release and wrote on Twitter: ‘Some may not approve of the life my dad chose, but my father was not a liar. 

‘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.’

The former Playboy magazine founder died in September 2017, from sepsis brought on by an E.coli infection.

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