Playboy playmate Dani Mathers, who thought it was funny to post a surreptitious locker room photo of a naked older woman on social media, isn’t laughing now. She’s facing up to six months in jail because of California’s strict law against invasion of privacy.
Mathers, who was named “Playmate of the Year” in 2015, made a joke out of the older woman’s less-than-flattering figure.
“If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either,” she wrote snidely on the photo.
The image, shot at an LA Fitness gym and posted in July, shows Mathers with a hand over her mouth, eyebrows raised in mock horror. The nude woman could be seen clearly toweling off in the locker room.
Needless to say, the reaction on social media was instantaneous and uniformly negative. Mathers, who has a model’s figure and breast enhancements, was thoroughly chastised.
But the uproar didn’t end there.
Under California law (Penal Code 647(j)(1)), it’s a crime to view another person in “a changing room, fitting room, dressing room, or tanning booth, or… any other area in which the occupant has a reasonable expectation of privacy,” with the intent to publicly expose them without their permission.
The law is intended to thwart “Peeping Toms,” “revenge porn” and voyeurs who take bathroom photos to post on the Internet.
Troy Slaten a California criminal defense lawyer explained it this way to People:
“California places a high value on privacy. It’s about disseminating material when people had a reasonable expectation of privacy, which applies in this case.”
Shortly after the incident, Mathers posted a groveling apology on Snapchat. “I’m sorry for what I did,” said the playmate, who did not wear any makeup. “I need to take some time to myself now to reflect on why I did this horrible thing.”
She said only meant to send the photo to a friend, and made it public on Snapchat by mistake.
The Playboy playmate could face up to six months in prison if convicted, although she’ll likely receive probation under a plea deal involving a guilty or no contest plea, according to reports.
See her apology below.
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