The Playboy model, who took a photo of a woman changing in a gym locker room and then body shamed her all over social media, has been charged.
The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office announced on Friday that prosecutors have charged Dani Mathers, 29, with one misdemeanor count of invasion of privacy.
City Attorney Mike Feuer released a statement following the charge which read, “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.’ 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.”
— LA City Attorney (@CityAttorneyLA) November 4, 2016
Back in July, Mathers secretly snapped a picture of a naked 70-year-old woman in an LA Fitness locker room and shared it on Snapchat with the caption, “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either.”
— KTLA (@KTLA) November 4, 2016
She later apologized after receiving widespread criticism 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. Goodnight.
— Dani Mathers (@DaniMathers) July 14, 2016
The misdemeanor invasion of privacy charge carries a sentence of up to six months in jail and a fine. Mathers will be arraigned on Nov. 28.