When 2015 Playmate of the Year Dani Mathers decided to Snapchat a body-shaming pic of a naked woman at her gym last summer, Mathers faced more than fan disappointment on account of her privacy-invading act. The LAPD tracked down the 70-year-old victim, who encouraged police to charge the Snapchatting model. Now, Mathers’ last-minute attempt to avoid trial has failed, and she will finally be facing the legal consequences of her actions.
Charged with “misdemeanor invasion of privacy under a California law that prohibits the secret recording or photographing of an ‘identifiable person’ in a home, changing room or tanning booth without the subject’s consent,” according to the Daily News, the 30-year-old model’s attorney tried to have the case dismissed, arguing, “This was a far-away shot, and the victim, her features cannot be identified.”
However, LA judge Gustavo Sztraicher disagreed, ruling, “The court finds the statute is constitutional and not void for vagueness.” In other words, just because you can’t see the woman’s face clearly, doesn’t mean what Mathers did was okay. In fact, it’s still totally illegal.
With Mathers’ trial now tentatively set to start on May 26 and the model “definitely” testifying, we’ll just have to see how she tries to argue her way out of this body-shaming, privacy-violating mess and if she’ll end up with the jail time and an added fine that many feel she deserves, while others think is far too much.
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(h/t Cosmopolitan; photos via Charley Gallay/Getty)