Published: Wed, May 17, 2017
Sci-tech | By Doreen King

Playboy model loses bid to have body shaming charges dropped

Playboy model loses bid to have body shaming charges dropped

Dani Mathers has apologized for publicly shaming an elderly woman online, but her remorseful words are not enough.

However, on Monday (15May17), the motions were denied and a tentative trial date was set for 26 May (17), according to the New York Daily News.

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".

Under California law, it is illegal to secretly photograph another identifiable person in a changing room without their consent.

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Asked if Ms Mathers would be testifying at her trial, her lawyer responded, "Oh yeah, definitely".

In November, Mathers was charged with one count of invasion of privacy, which carries a sentence of up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The model apologised for the Snapchat shortly after posting in last summer, claiming the posting was an "accident".

Hoping to "make an example" of Mathers, authorities tracked down the woman in the photo and said they meant to charge Mathers with dissemination of private images, which carries a six-month prison sentence. "I chose to do what I do for a living because I love the female body, and I know body shaming is wrong".

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Mathers, who has no criminal record, has offered to make amends by using her notoriety to bring attention to the issue of body shaming. "This was a far-away shot, and the victim, her features can not be identified", Cole told the court. That is not the type of person I am'.

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said that body-shaming '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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