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Playboy Model Faces Legal Consequences For Body-Shaming

| by Shani Shahmoon

Body-shaming now holds legal consequences.

Playboy model Dani Mathers faced trial for a body-shaming and privacy incident. Though she originally was at risk of six months in prison, she left the court room with three years of probation and 30 days of graffiti removal, KTTV reported.

In July 2016, Mathers posted a photo of a naked 71-year-old woman on social media from an LA Fitness gym. The caption read: "If I can't unsee this then you can't either." It wasn't long until Mathers found herself cleaning up the mess she made. She went to Twitter for remorse and more than once apologized for her actions.

"I'm sorry for what I did. I need to take some time to myself now to reflect on why I did this horrible thing," she wrote.

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In another post, she said, "This was a huge mistake and I'm so sorry. I understand that this was wrong and I will do everything in my power to show you."

Another post indicated that she meant to send the image to a friend, privately, and not publish it for the public to see.

Regardless of intent and public apologies, the Los Angeles Times explains, someone reported Mathers to the Los Angeles Police Department for "illegal distribution," and the investigation began.

This was reportedly the first time the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office had handled such a case, but even more importantly, it is one of the first cases of its kind in the nation

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Between when she published the nude image and the end of her hearing, Mathers lost modeling jobs and was banned from all LA Fitness locations.

LA Fitness Executive Vice President of Operations Jill Greuling said, "Her behavior is appalling and puts every member at risk of losing their privacy."

"Our written rules are very clear: Cellphone usage and photography are prohibited in the locker rooms. This is not only our rule, but common decency," Greuling added.

Originally, Mathers pleaded not guilty to the charge, but eventually pleaded no contest, which is different from pleading guilty, KTLA reported.

Mathers’ attorney, Dana Cole, said, "I think she wanted to be done with this and accept responsibility for what occurred."

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer handled the case, and left no room for doubt on whether he took the allegations seriously.

"The issues that surround body shaming can be devastating -- not only to daughters and mothers, but also sons and fathers, LGBT people, to a trans kid who might be struggling with identity, to people who are disabled," Feuer said.

"The message today is clear: Body-shaming is not tolerated in the city of Los Angeles," he concluded following Mather's sentencing.

Sources: KTLA, KTTV, Los Angeles Times / Photo credit: Charlotte Astrid/Flickr

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