By Nicole Chavez CNN
(CNN)– A former Playboy playmate pleaded no contest on Wednesday to misdemeanor intrusion of personal privacy for privately taking an image of a naked female in a gym locker space and posting it to Snapchat.
Dani Mathers, 30, was sentenced to 3 years’ probation and purchased to finish 30 hours of graffiti removal service. If the case had gone to trial, the model might have faced up to six months in jail.
The 2015 Playmate of the Year was criticized for “body shaming” the 71-year-old lady after privately snapping the image in the locker room of a Los Angeles area health club last July. Mathers posted it on Snapchat together with the text: “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either.” She likewise posted a selfie covering her mouth.
After social media reaction, the design apologized and stated she meant to send the picture independently to a good friend.
“I have actually decided to do exactly what I provide for a living since I love the female body and I understand that body-shaming is incorrect and it’s not what I have to do with,” Mathers stated in a Snapchat. “It’s not the type of individual I am.”
Outside the downtown Los Angeles courtroom on Wednesday, Mathers’ lawyer Thomas Mesereau said the design apologized “from the bottom of her heart for exactly what occurred.”
“She never believed this would come out like this. Never ever planned to harm anybody,” Mesereau informed CNN affiliate KABC.
‘Body shaming is not tolerated’
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said Mathers’ case has been an important case due to the fact that it brings an extremely forceful message.
“The message today is clear: body shaming is not tolerated in the City of Los Angeles,” Feuer said in a news conference. “That’s vital, since every day that image lives online is another day of humiliation.”
Feur stated Mather had been plainly held accountable and hopes it can send a message to anyone “pondering comparable behavior.”
California lawmakers are utilizing Mathers’ case as an example as they work to pass a bill that will increase punishment for those who take and distribute pictures or videos without a person’s authorization.
California’s SB 784 enforces an extra fine approximately $1,000 for those who take and publish images of somebody who is naked or partially outfitted. The proposed law likewise will entitle victims to financial restitution to get a photo off the internet and out of public distribution.
This week, the expense was approved by the state’s Senate and is waiting to be authorized by the state’s Assembly. If it passes there, it could be signed into law by the governor.
“This nation has a growing issue of bullying through body-shaming on social networks that needs to be resolved,” said State Senator Cathleen Galgiani.
CNN’s Travis Sattiewhite added to this report.
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