Former Playboy model Dani Mathers is speaking out after pleading no contest to invasion of privacy charges. Prosecutors said she secretly took a photo of a 70-year-old naked woman in a gym locker room and posted it on social media.
The model, 30, says she has received death threats since the incident went viral last year.
“To hide out at my mother’s house at age 30 because of something I’ve done — it just felt really low,” she said in an interview with ABC News. “I had lost my privacy after taking privacy from somebody else.”
The 2015 Playmate of the Year came under fire last July after she allegedly photographed the naked woman without her knowledge in an LA Fitness locker room and posted it on Snapchat with the caption, “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either.”
Mathers was quickly slammed on social media for body shaming and was banned from all LA Fitness locations.
In November, she was charged with a misdemeanor count of invasion of privacy, and on Wednesday sentenced to perform 30 days of community labor and three years probation, a Los Angeles city attorney spokesman told PEOPLE.
“I didn’t have an intention of breaking a law. I just wasn’t thinking, to be honest,” she said, noting that she meant to send the photo privately to a friend. “My intention was to reply to the conversation I was having with my friend. I know the difference between right and wrong and I chose wrong.”
Mathers told ABC that she has never met the woman involved, although she has wanted to apologize in person.
“I never meant to hurt her,” she said. “I never ever intended on showing the world this photo … I hope that she could forgive me.”
“I just want her to be able to move on and move forward in her life and not feel judged or that she what she was doing was being ridiculed, because it had nothing to do with that and I’m so sorry,” Mathers told ABC.