There are stories of him treating women terrible for nearly 50 years.
I actually agree with most of what the NYT writer had to say about Hef. Going back to the 60's..... most fine Christian gentlemen who looked at Playboy were not perverts or that word you used to describe Hugh Heffner.
Those of us that took time to read Heffner's philosophy knew it was total bullshit.
Fast forward to the Internet age....access to real pornography put a major hurtin' on Hef's business model and created whole new levels of addiction...
Here is an article from TNR a couple years back about pornography.