Published: Wed, May 17, 2017
Sci-tech | By Javier West

Playboy model loses bid to toss out privacy invasion case

Playboy model loses bid to toss out privacy invasion case

After the incident in July 2016, Mathers said: 'That was absolutely wrong and not what I meant to do.

Dani Mathers has apologized for publicly shaming an elderly woman online, but her remorseful words are not enough.

Dani Mathers, 30, is charged with secretly photographing a naked 70-year-old woman in a Los Angeles gym and sharing the image without the subject's consent on Snapchat.

The defense unsuccessfully tried to get the case thrown out on the theory the law was vague about how "identifiable" a victim needs to be.

Amid immediate backlash, L.A. Fitness banned Mathers from all of its locations.

Charged with "misdemeanor invasion of privacy under a California law that prohibits the secret recording or photographing of an "identifiable person" in a home, changing room or tanning booth without the subject's consent", according to the Daily News, the 30-year-old model's attorney tried to have the case dismissed, arguing, "This was a far-away shot, and the victim, her features can not be identified".

Mathers' attorney, Dana Cole, said Mathers planned to testify in the upcoming trial.

The person in the photo was identified only by her age and it was not clear if she knew she was being photographed.

The offence comes with a $1,000 and six months in jail as a potential punishment.

'I know that body-shaming is wrong.

"I've never body shamed a person in my life and I don't intend on starting now", she tweeted on May 3.

"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'".

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