Play­mate pleads not guilty in body-sham­ing case

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LOS ANGELES: A Play­boy model pleaded not guilty yes­ter­day to a charge of in­va­sion of pri­vacy over a pic­ture she se­cretly took and posted on so­cial me­dia of a nude 70year-old woman at a gym.

Dani Mathers ( pix), who was the mag­a­zine’s 2015 Play­mate of the Year, faces up to six months in jail and up to a US$1,000 (RM4,500) fine over the pic­ture that she posted on Snapchat in July, draw­ing a storm of crit­i­cism.

The photo showed the naked woman from be­hind at a Los Angeles area fit­ness cen­tre with a mock­ing cap­tion that read: “If I can’t un­see this then you can’t ei­ther.”

A lawyer for Mathers, who did not ap­pear in court yes­ter­day, said his 29-year-old client felt bad about her ac­tions.

“She very much re­grets what hap­pened,” Tom Me­sereau said out­side the court­house.

“She apol­o­gised for her be­hav­iour and we’re look­ing for­ward to re­solv­ing this case in a very fair man­ner.”

Mathers was banned from LA Fit­ness gyms af­ter the in­ci­dent that sparked a pub­lic out­cry and raised ques­tions about body sham­ing, es­pe­cially on so­cial me­dia.

She also re­port­edly lost her job on a ra­dio talk show.

“Body sham­ing is hu­mil­i­at­ing, with of­ten painful, long-term con­se­quences,” pros­e­cu­tor Mike Feuer said when the mis­de­meanour charge of in­va­sion of pri­vacy was filed this month. – AFP

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