LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has filed a criminal case against former Playboy Playmate Dani Mathers for allegedly secretly photographing a 70-year-old woman in the nude while she was in the shower area of a local fitness center. Mathers allegedly posted the photograph to social media.
"Body shaming is humiliating, with often painful, long-term consequences. 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," said Feuer. "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, was charged with one count of invasion of privacy (PC 647(j)(3)(A). If convicted, Mathers could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Arraignment is scheduled for November 28 in Department 48 of Los Angeles Superior Court.
In July, Mathers allegedly used her cell phone to surreptitiously take a nude picture of a woman in the shower/locker area of a local LA Fitness health club. The photograph was later allegedly uploaded to Mather’s Snapchat account--along with comments about the woman’s appearance and a picture of Mathers covering her mouth.
Deputy City Attorney Chadd Kim of the City Attorney’s Special Trials Unit is prosecuting the case.