Claire Sinclair, Playboy Playmate of 2011, spoke to E! Online yesterday to share the details of an altercation with now-ex-boyfriend Marston Hefner, Hugh Hefner’s 21-year-old son, that resulted in his arrest on Sunday night. The 20-year-old model said they had just moved into a new apartment in Pasadena, California, and that Marston was stressed out about it, but this wasn’t the first domestic dispute they’d had.
“We got into an argument about something really silly and it kind of escalated and it became violent,” she told E!, adding that he was “unstable” throughout the course of their relationship and inconsistently took his antidepressants. “Initially, he kicked me and I went backwards, I fell. Then he punched me and grabbed me up, and I scratched him to defend myself. It was very shocking.”
She showed the reporter a large bruise on her arm, saying Marston caused it by punching and grabbing her.
Yesterday, Sinclair released the above photo of herself, showing her arm and possibly a bloody lip to TMZ, and later posted it on Twitter, saying, “This photo was Donated to TMZ to raise awareness about domestic violence.”
Hefner was charged with battery on a spouse and released on $20,000 bail on Sunday night. Sinclair told TMZ that she would drop the charges against him “if he keeps his word to give a public apology for physically abusing me on several occasions, and seeks psychiatric help for his anger issues.” But Pasadena police explained to Huffington Post that Hefner would be prosecuted with or without Sinclair’s cooperation.
And anyway, it doesn’t sound like a public apology is coming anytime soon. No one from the Hefner family or Playboy has reached out to the Playmate since the incident, and Sinclair said she gets why. “In one aspect, I’m ridiculously offended by the way things are being handled, on the other aspect, I understand,” she told E! “It’s family. And they’re looking out for their name, and I understand that, but they need to at least, recognize what has happened and apologize for what has happened.”
On Twitter yesterday, Sinclair defended herself against any accusations that she was being paid to tell her story. “I was offered money from several media outlets for photos & interviews. I have not and will not accept a cent regarding this case.”
[Photos: Splash News Online, Twitter]