A Playboy model who posted a body-shaming photo of a naked woman in a gym locker room has been charged with invasion of privacy.
Dani Mathers posted the photo on Snapchat in July with the caption: “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either.”
“Body-shaming is humiliating, with often painful, long-term consequences,” City Attorney Mike Feuer said in a statement. “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.’”
L.A. Fitness reported Mathers’ post to police and revoked Mathers’ membership.
“What really matters is our character and humanity,” Feuer said. “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, 29, later apologized and deleted her social media accounts.
If convicted, she could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.