Playboy model Dani Mathers pleaded no contest Wednesday to invasion of privacy for secretly photographing a naked, 70-year-old woman in an LA Fitness shower area. She posted the photograph on Snapchat with the caption, "If I can't unsee this then you can't either."
According to the Los Angeles Times, the 30-year-old 2015 Playmate of the Year was ordered to perform 30 days of graffiti removal services and serve three years worth of probation.
The photograph and Mathers’s comments sparked a public outcry, and she was accused of body-shaming the woman.
Mathers later apologized for her actions.
“That was absolutely wrong and not what I meant to do,” Mathers said. “I know that body-shaming is wrong. That is not the type of person I am.”
According to KTLA, Mathers's attorney Dana Cole, said Mathers never knew the identity of the woman she photographed. “I think she wanted to be done with this and accept responsibility for what occurred."
The Los Angeles Police Department received a report of “illegal distribution” of the image and launched an investigation into Mathers’ actions not long after the image was posted on Snapchat.
Mathers has been banned from all LA Fitness locations.
“Her behavior is appalling and puts every member at risk of losing their privacy,” said Jill Greuling, the health club’s executive vice president of operations. “Our written rules are very clear: Cellphone usage and photography are prohibited in the locker rooms. This is not only our rule, but common decency.”
In a statement issued after Mathers’ sentence, City Atty. Mike Feuer said that body-shaming is not tolerated in the city of Los Angeles.
“The issues that surround body-shaming can be devastating — not only to daughters and mothers, but also sons and fathers, LGBT people, to a trans kid who might be struggling with identity, to people who are disabled,” he said in the statement.
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