dglobalnews.com Playboy model loses bid to toss out privacy invasion case
Published: Wed, May 17, 2017
Research | By Kayla Price

Playboy model loses bid to toss out privacy invasion case

Playboy model loses bid to toss out privacy invasion case

Mathers, the 2015 Playmate of the Year, later apologized for the incident at an LA Fitness club in July.

Summary: Playmate model Dani Mathers photographed a naked woman at the gym in order to make fun of her, and she will now face a criminal trial for the act.

"I understand that I've upset a lot of you, but we're at a point, 1 year later, where I'm pretty upset and hurt too", she wrote.

The next court date in the case is set for May 24. Mathers' lawyers are now arguing that the law the social media post supposedly violated is unconstitutionally vague.

Mathers is charged with a misdemeanor count of invasion of privacy for taking the photo and posting it on Snapchat.

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

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Under California law, it is illegal to secretly photograph another identifiable person in a changing room without their consent. She was sacked from her job at Los Angeles' KLOS 95.5 radio station.

Mathers has slowly been reestablishing her presence on social media and made the biggest leap by hopping back on Instagram, the bread and butter platform for models, last week.

Mathers' lawyer indicated that she intends on testifying at the trial tentatively scheduled for later this month.

The Playboy Miss May 2014's legal team insist the image of the 70-year-old woman is grainy and not identifiable, but LA Deputy City Attorney Chadd Kim scoffed at the defence and claimed it was for a jury to decide.

"Body-shaming is humiliating, with often painful, long-term consequences", he said. While body-shaming, in itself, is not a crime, there are circumstances in which invading one's privacy to accomplish it can be. "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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