Dani Mathers, a model most famous for her work with Playboy Magazine, took a photo of another woman at her gym last summer. The woman was naked, and Mathers posted the image online. Now the former Playboy bunny had been convicted and sentenced for the incident. What will her punishment for body-shaming be?
Mather pleaded no contest to violating the 70-year-old woman’s privacy, and will now spend a month cleaning up grafiti in Los Angeles.
“The issues that surround body shaming can be devastating,” Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said, “not only to daughters and mothers, but also to sons and fathers, members of the LGBTQ community, to a trans kid who might be struggling with identity, to people who are disabled. The message today is clear: Body shaming is not tolerated in the city of Los Angeles.”
Mathers was banned by the LA Fitness club for taking the photo. Mathers posted it online with the comment, “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either.”
LA Fitness described Mathers’ actions as “appalling.” The immediately revoked the 2015 Playmate of the Year’s membership. “It’s not just our rule,” they added, “it’s common decency.”
Mathers then lost her job at the Los Angeles radio station KLOS. Shortly after, criminal charges were filed. The public service is a lenient sentence. She could have been given up to six months in jail.
“That was absolutely wrong and not what I meant to do. … I know that body shaming is wrong,” Mathers said. “That is not the type of person I am.”
The attention that this case has brought has had an impact on legislation concerning privacy. California’s Senate has sought to increase the penalties for these types of crimes. They’re hoping a fine of $1,000 will be a greater deterrent. The real expense, though, would come with the required attempt to remove the offending images from the internet–something many critics note is all-but-impossible.
It remains to be seen how Mathers will deal with this set back to her career. Few see her apology as sincere.