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Car rams Playboy Mansion's gates

August 28, 2008|Andrew Blankstein | Times Staff Writer

A Ventura County man has rammed his car into the gates of the Playboy Mansion twice in the last two weeks, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The latest incident occurred Tuesday night, when the man allegedly drove his car into a front gate of the famous home of Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner. Lt. John Romero said detectives are still investigating but believe both incidents involve an "ongoing dispute." He did not elaborate or release the suspect's name.

Authorities allege that the man also crashed into the gate last week. He was arrested in that incident and released. But on Tuesday night, authorities said, he drove away before police arrived.

Officials at Playboy corporate offices in Los Angeles could not be reached for immediate comment.

The 1927 mansion, just east of UCLA, is well known for the exclusive parties and other events held on its sprawling grounds. Hefner lives there, as do his three girlfriends, Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson, who also star in the E! reality series "The Girls Next Door."

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andrew.blankstein@latimes.com

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