The Playboy Playmate Who Took a Non-Consensual Photo of a Naked Woman at the Gym Has Been Charged

November 4th 2016

Almie Rose

Dani Mathers, the former Playboy Playmate who back in July took a photo of a naked woman at the gym and sent it out to her Snapchat followers, has officially been charged with a crime on Friday, TMZ reports.

After LAPD tracked down the 70-year-old woman in the photograph, she decided to prosecute. If convicted, Mathers could serve up to 6 months in jail on a charge of "one count of invasion of privacy," The New York Daily News states.

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer made a statement that he also tweeted:

He followed that tweet up with another declaring that body-shaming "isn't a crime but there are circumstances in which invading someone's privacy to do it can be. And we shouldn't tolerate it!"

"... you violated her. Shame on you."

In the wake of the incident, Mathers apologized and claimed that she had only meant to send the photo to a friend and that posting the photo to her Snapchat story had been a mistake. But many felt her apology missed the point that she shouldn't have taken the photo of a nude stranger in gym showers to begin with.

One mom saw her Facebook rant against the former Playmate go viral. In an excerpt from the now-deleted post, she wrote:

"Here's the deal- you may have been a Playboy model but not all of us work out to be 'hot', some of us work out simply to honor the bodies we were given. That's all that woman was trying to do and you violated her. Shame on you. [...]"

Hundreds of comments on the post agreed.

But some are baffled by the criminal charge.

MSNBC correspondent and host Chris Hayes is one of those people. On Friday he tweeted:

Some of his Twitter followers were quick to disagree with the assessment:

Mathers' attorney, Tom Mesereau, told TMZ, "I’m disappointed that she was charged with any type of violation. She never intentionally violated anyone’s privacy and never tried to break the law at any time."