Former Playmate Dani Mathers Charged with Invasion of Privacy After Sharing Photo of Woman in Locker Room
Dani Mathers now faces legal repercussions for sharing an unsuspecting woman's naked photo
Former Playmate Dani Mathers is facing a criminal charge after sharing a body-shaming Snapchat of a naked woman in her gym locker room without the woman’s knowledge, PEOPLE confirms.
Mathers posted a nude photo of the woman in July, along with the caption, “If you can’t un-see this, I can’t either.”
Mathers was initially the target of outrage via social media, but the backlash soon turned legal as well.
In September, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office confirmed that it was reviewing the case, and on Friday it announced Mathers will be charged with one count of invasion of privacy.
“Body-shaming is humiliating, with often painful, long-term consequences,” City Attorney Mike Feuer said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. “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.’ ”
Mathers’s attorney, Tom Mesereau, issued a statement to PEOPLE saying, “I am very disappointed that Dani Mathers was charged with any violation. She never tried to invade anyone’s privacy and never tried to break any law.”
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“What really matters is our character and humanity,” Feuer said in his statement. “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 is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 28 in Los Angeles Superior Court, where she will enter a plea.
If convicted, she faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
• With reporting by STEVE HELLING