The 70-year-old victim who was photographed in the nude by former Playmate Dani Mathers is choosing to maintain her privacy, but the Los Angeles City attorney who argued her case, Mike Feuer, is speaking on her behalf, and says the incident left her “humiliated.”
Feuer talked to the Los Angeles Times Wednesday, after Mathers pleaded no contest to invasion of privacy charges, and told Good Morning America that she has received death threats and lost her own privacy.
“One thing that appears to be the case now is that Ms. Mathers is attempting to portray herself as the victim. She is not the victim. She is the perpetrator,” Feuer says.
Feuer also denies Mathers’ claim that she reached out to the victim in the hopes of apologizing.
“I saw Ms. Mathers on Good Morning America. She claims that she’s tried to contact the victim, I presume to apologize. I will share with you, that surprises the victim, who told me she is unaware of any attempt by Ms. Mathers to reach out to her,” he says.
Mathers also attempted to explain that she only intended to send the photo of the victim to her friend, not to share it widely with her Snapchat following, but Feuer points out that just taking the photo is breaking the law. He hopes to make posting the photo an additional charge.
“When I first became aware of this case, it was striking to me that the taking of the photo was a crime but that the subsequent dissemination of it was not,” he says. “That gap in the law is a gap we are trying to close right now.”
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Plus, he adds, that when Mathers says she didn’t mean to publicly post the photo, only to “reply to the conversation I was having with my friend,” as she said on GMA, “that ignores the fact that she invaded another woman’s privacy by taking a nude photo of her in a gym.”
“And then, of course, once she took the photo, she added a cruel caption to it before she sent it out,” Feuer says.
Mathers was sentenced to 30 days of community labor — specifically “graffiti removal” — and three years of probation in May, which Feuer believes is fair.
“This is community labor. This is not a glamorous star turn someplace. This is erasing graffiti on the street. And I think that, combined with restitution, combined with the probationary terms here, which are fairly extensive, taken together is an appropriate sentence,” he says.
Now the victim, Feuer says, just, “wishes the whole chapter, this painful chapter, would close.”