Former Playmate Dani Mathers recently attended court for her invasion of privacy charge.
The charge stemmed from an incident last July in which Mathers took a photo of a naked stranger in the shower area of an L.A. Fitness gym. The photo made its way around Snapchat, with Dani’s body-shaming remark, “If I can’t unsee this, you can’t either.”
On Wednesday, Mathers pleaded no contest to the charge and will not serve any jail time. Instead, she will serve 30 days of graffiti removal and will be on probation for three years.
Backlash from the photo of the 70-year-old woman was almost immediate. This led Mathers to make a public apology on Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter, but the damage was already done. She lost her job at a Los Angeles radio station and L.A. Fitness banned her from all of their facilities.
The Los Angeles Police Department investigated immediately, and was more than willing to “help bring Mathers to justice.”
Mathers’ attorney, Dana Cole, defended the ex-playmate’s actions by stating that she was too far away from the showering women for her face to be easily identifiable. Her defense was an attempt to find a loophole in California’s Peeping Tom laws, which require that the victim’s identity is distinguishable.
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer served as the prosecutor on the case. Feuer says the matter was of great personal importance to him.
He told the Huffington Post, “I thought of the case from the outset as a dad and as a son. Body-shaming is humiliating. It devastates its victims. It tears down their self-respect.”
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