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 thatis 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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