Playboy Playmate Dani Mathers pleads not guilty to invasion of privacy charge

29th Nov 16 | Entertainment News

Playboy Playmate Dani Mathers has pleaded not guilty to charges she secretly photographed a naked 70-year-old woman at a gym.

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An attorney for the 29-year-old offered the plea on her behalf in court on Monday (28Nov16).

Mathers faces a misdemeanour count of invasion of privacy after she was accused of posting an image of the woman on her Snapchat social media account in July (16), along with the mean comment, "If I can't unsee this then you can't either."

The post sparked public outrage and cost Mathers her gym membership.

Outside court, the model's lawyer Thomas Mesereau told reporters his client regretted what she did and apologises for her behaviour.

"She never tried to invade anyone's privacy and never tried to violate any laws," he said.

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer filed the criminal charges against Mathers on 4 November (16), stating: "Body-shaming is humiliating, with often painful, long-term consequences. It mocks and stigmatises 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'.

"What really matters is our character and humanity. While body-shaming, in itself, is not a crime, there are circumstances in which invading one's privacy to accomplish it can be. And we shouldn't tolerate that."

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