Playboy Playmate officially charged for 'body shaming' photo of pensioner in gym
Published 05/11/2016 | 09:22
Playboy model has been charged in Los Angeles with invasion of privacy for taking a photo of a naked woman in a gym locker room and posting it to social media.
The Snapchat post included an insulting comment about the 70-year-old woman's body.
The city attorney's office said on Friday that Dani Mathers faces a misdemeanor count of invasion of privacy. She is scheduled to be arraigned on November 28.
The 29-year-old Mathers faced widespread criticism after she shared the photo in July with the caption: "If I can't unsee this then you can't either." She later apologised and deleted her social media accounts.
The gym, LA Fitness, reported the posting to police and revoked Mathers' membership.
If convicted, Mathers could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, according to City News Service.
Detectives began investigating after the LAPD received a report of "illegal distribution" of the image, police Captain Andrew Neiman said after the photo became public.
"Her behaviour is appalling and puts every member at risk of losing their privacy," Jill Greuling, an LA Fitness executive vice president, said at the time.
The person in the photo was identified only as a 70-year-old woman and it was not clear if she knew she was being photographed.
Mathers said in July that she accidentally posted the photo publicly.
"That was absolutely wrong and not what I meant to do," she said in an online video. "I know that body-shaming is wrong. That is not the type of person I am."
Tom Mesereau, Mathers’ attorney, said on Friday his client never intended to violate privacy law.
“I am very disappointed that Dani Mathers was charged with any violation,” he told the Guardian. “She never tried to invade anyone’s privacy and never tried to break any law.”
Mathers was Playboy's Miss May in 2014.