Playmate Dani Mathers to Face Body-Shaming Charges in Court


Playboy Playmate Dani Mathers has lost her bid to have charges against her dismissed in her infamous body-shaming case, The Wrap reports. According to the New York Daily News, a tentative trial date has been set for May 26.

The former centrefold attempted to evade trial by claiming the California privacy law she's accused of breaking is too vague to be constitutional.

Mathers, who's now facing an invasion of privacy charge for allegedly photographing an elderly woman in the shower area of her gym and posting it on Snapchat with an insulting caption, also threatened to block users if they can't be "a positive influence on the world".

Mathers disgusted her social media fans in July of 2016 when she published the photo of the naked woman with the caption "If I can't unsee this then you can't either".

She has now been charged with misdemeanour invasion of privacy.

In California, where the incident took place, it is illegal to record or photograph "identifiable" people in private areas such as locker rooms or tanning beds.

Her lawyers said she meant to send the photo privately to a friend and inadvertently posted it publicly.

She apologized last summer after an intense backlash.

Mathers faces a possible six months in prison and a $1K fine if found guilty.

After a lengthy hiatus from social media, Mathers returned to Instagram and Twitter this month, and vehemently denied ever body shaming anyone.

Attorney Dana Cole said the victim can not be easily identified because the photo was shot from far away.

"Body shaming is humiliating, with often painful, long-term consequences", Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said when he announced the decision to prosecute the playmate. That is not the type of person I am'. "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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