The Los Angeles, California, city attorney’s office has filed charges against former Playboy Playmate Dani Mathers over the nude photograph she allegedly took of a woman at her gym and then shared to social media with a body-shaming remark.
On July 14, 29-year-old Mathers posted a photo of a nude woman at a Los Angeles area LA Fitness on Snapchat with the caption: “If I can’t unseen this then you can’t either.”
LA Fitness contacted the Los Angeles Police Department, according to TMZ, and Mathers was banned from all of the fitness club's locations.
"Her behavior is appalling and puts every member's privacy at risk,” a spokesperson for LA Fitness said. "We have handled this internally and also notified the police."
Mathers issued an apology, but still lost her job at Los Angeles radio station KLOS.
“I just want to acknowledge a photo that I accidentally posted,” Mathers said in a Snapchat video, according to Global News. “It was absolutely wrong and not what I meant to do. I chose to do what I do for a living because I love the female body and I know body shaming is wrong, that’s not what I’m about and this is not the type of person I am.”
Mathers claimed that the photo was meant to be shared with a friend and, being new to Snapchat, she did not realize she had posted it publicly.
“I know I have upset a lot of people out there but please believe me this is not the type of person that I am,” she said. “I have never done this before and I will never do this again, you have my word.”
On Nov. 4, Mathers was charged with one count of invasion of privacy, The Wrap reports. If found guilty, she could serve up to six months in jail and have to pay a $1,000 fine.
“Body shaming is humiliating, with often painful, long-term consequences,” Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said in a statement. “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.’ 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 hired Attorney Thomas Mesereau, who represented Michael Jackson during his molestation child, as well as cases for actor Robert Blake and boxer Mike Tyson.