Former Playmate Dani Mathers pleaded not guilty on Monday to a misdemeanor count of invasion of privacy for surreptitiously taking a photo of a naked woman in her gym locker room and posting it on social media.
In July, Mathers posted to Snapchat the woman’s nude photo, along with the caption, “If you can’t un-see this, I can’t either.” She also included a selfie in the Snapchat in which she covered her mouth as if to stifle shock or a giggle.
Mathers was initially the target of outrage via social media over “body shaming,” but the backlash soon turned legal as well.
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In September, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office confirmed that it was reviewing the case. Earlier this month, authorities announced Mathers would be charged with one count of invasion of privacy.
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Mathers had not denied posting the photo in question. “That was absolutely wrong and not what I meant to do,” she said in a video apology on Snapchat. “I know that body shaming is wrong. That is not the type of person I am.”
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But Mathers’ lawyer tells PEOPLE that the 29-year-old model did not willingly break the law.
“I am very disappointed that Dani Mathers was charged with any violation,” attorney Tom Mesereau told PEOPLE earlier this month. “She never tried to invade anyone’s privacy and never tried to break any law.”
Outside the courtroom on Monday, Mesereau told reporters that his client “very much regrets” what happened — and wants to make things right. “She apologized for her behavior and we’re looking forward to resolving this case in a very fair manner,” he said.
A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 21. If she is convicted, Mathers could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.