This past July, Playboy playmate and model Dani Mathers decided to sneakily take a photo of a women changing at her local LA fitness and post it to Snapchat. She wrote “If I can’t unsee this, then you can’t either” and completely body-shamed the women, along with violating her privacy. Along with receiving some major backlash, Mathers faces criminal prosecution and, according to the New York Daily News, has been charged with one count of invasion of privacy.
The woman in Mathers’ photo is reportedly in her 70s and was rightfully furious about it. She said she wanted Mathers to “feel the full force of the law,” and was willing to testify against her and cooperate with prosecutors. Although Mathers publicly apologized, saying the photo was meant to be sent privately, she already lost her regular radio show hosting job and was banned from LA Fitness.
“Body shaming is humiliating, with often painful, long-term consequences. It mocks and stigmatizes its victims, tearing down self-respect and perpetuating the harmful idea that our unique physical appearances should be compared to air-brushed notions of ‘perfect,'”LA City Attorney Mike Feuer wrote in a recent statement. “What really matters is our character and humanity. While body-shaming, in itself, is not a crime, there are circumstances in which invading one’s privacy to accomplish it can be. And we shouldn’t tolerate that.”
Mathers’ lawyer told TMZ, “I’m disappointed that she was charged with any type of violation. She never intentionally violated anyone’s privacy and never tried to break the law at any time.” If convicted, Mathers could face up to six months in prison and a $1,000 fine.
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