Playboy Playmate Could Face Jail Time For Body-Shaming Naked Stranger In Snapchat Photo

LOS ANGELES (CBSNewYork/CBS News/AP)–  She’s already faced the court of public opinion. And now, it’s up to prosecutors in Los Angeles to decide whether Playboy model Dani Mathers will face the legal system for body-shaming a woman in a gym locker room.

You’ll remember Mathers posted a selfie with a naked woman showering in the background, and suggested the woman’s appearance irked her.

“If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either,” she captioned the photo posted to Snapchat in July.

Authorities said they have found the woman shown in the photo, and she is cooperating with the investigation. Now that police have finished their investigation, prosecutors will decide whether Mathers should be charged for posting the woman’s image without her permission.

If charged, Mathers could face up to six months in jail for violating California privacy laws.

“You are not permitted in California to take photos in specific rooms where a person has a reasonable expectation of privacy –they’re bathrooms, dressing rooms, changing rooms, tanning booths and rooms like that,” CBS News legal analyst Rikki Klieman said.

In a statement, an attorney for Mathers said she  “…never tried to hurt anyone at any time and never intended to violate any law.”

Mathers apologized in a Snapchat video and on Twitter following criticism of the post.

“I know that body-shaming is wrong and that’s not what I’m about,” Mathers said in the Snapchat video. “That photo was supposed to be part of a personal conversation with a girlfriend and because I am new to Snapchat I really didn’t realize I had posted it and that’s a huge mistake.”

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  1. Charley Nelson says:

    The headline is incorrect. She does not face jail time for body shaming. She faces jail time for taking a nude photo of a stranger in a locker room and then posting it on the internet. Why does everyone keep focusing on the body shaming?

  2. Kate says:

    They should ABSOLUTELY file charges. If I were the victim’s family, besides the DA pressing criminal charges, I’d have civil charges filed – invasion of privacy at the very least, emotional distress. I don’t care how many lawyers, publicists, etc. for the 20 something ego-ho issue apologies on her behalf (or she offers) they are selfish attempts to save face. Her older female relatives should be in her face like military drill instructors. No community service for this ego-ho. Don’t care if she has no prior record, was crowned Queen of the May, made Honor Roll/Dean’s list, etc. NO MULLIGANS. She has probably moved out of her house hoping things will cool off, but there should be a line of peaceful protestors carrying signs outside the home of the perpetrator. Karma, “dani,” Karma.

    1. Zoe Gray says:

      death penalty for this one.

  3. Leo Horishny says:

    Someone with a horse mouth like that should NOT be commenting on anyone else’s body appearance. Let’s get a Brock Turner do-over. Have her do Brock’s 90 day sentence and give Brock a longer one.

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