Playboy Model Dani Mathers Heads To Court After Posting Pic Of Naked Woman At Gym

"Body shaming is humiliating, with often painful, long-term consequences," said an L.A. city attorney.

By Eric Shorey

Last year, model Dani Mathers posted an image of a naked stranger working out at her gym to Snapchat. The image was meant to make fun of the woman's body, but resulted in a load of legal trouble for Playboy's Miss May 2014. Now, Mathers heads to court to fight accusations that she has violated a specific Peeping Tom law pertaining to the dissemenation of images of strangers. She has been officially accused of misdemeanor invasion of privacy for the secret photographing of an "identifiable person" in a home, changing room, or tanning booth without the subject's consent.

Mathers' original image, captioned with the phrase “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either,” sparked outrage and ire amongst internet denizens. Mathers' lawyers are now arguing that the law the social media post supposedly violated is unconstitutionally vague. Lawyers specifically debated what the word "identifiable" meant and argued over the burden of proof. According to New York Daily News, this line of argument rejected outright: "The court finds the statute is constitutional and not void for vagueness," Judge Gustavo Sztraicher ruled.

Mathers now plans to testify in her own defense. She had previously apologized publicly for the post: "That was absolutely wrong and not what I meant to do. I know that body-shaming is wrong. That is not the type of person I am," she had said.

"Body shaming is humiliating, with often painful, long-term consequences," Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said when he announced the decision to prosecute the playmate. "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.' What really matters is our character and humanity."
Mathers' social media accounts have since been deleted.

h/t: Jezebel

[Photo: Getty Images]

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