Playmate Dani Mathers to Face Body-Shaming Charges in Court

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Former Playboy playmate Dani Mathers is officially facing jail time for secretly Snapchatting a photo of a naked woman from the locker room at LA Fitness.

Now, Mathers heads to court to fight accusations that she has violated a specific Peeping Tom law pertaining to the dissemenation of images of strangers.

A Playboy model has lost an effort to dismiss a criminal charge for taking a photo of a naked 71-year-old woman at a gym and posting it on social media with disparaging remarks about the woman's body.

Last July, Mathers took a pic of the a 70-year-old woman changing without her consent and body shamed that woman via Snapchat with the caption, "If I can't unsee this then you can't either".

The trial is tentatively set to begin May 26.

The Playboy star initially tried to evade trail by having her lawyers claim laws in California surrounding privacy are too vague, reports New York Daily News.

"I have chosen to do what I do for a living because I love the female body and I know that body shaming is wrong and that's not what I'm about, that's not the type of person I am", Mathers said in a video posted to Snapchat, before deleting her account.

She has now been charged with misdemeanour invasion of privacy. She had previously apologized publicly for the post: "That was absolutely wrong and not what I meant to do".

The offence comes with a $1,000 (£770) fine and six months in jail as a potential punishment. "This was a far-away shot, and the victim, her features can not be identified", Cole told the court.

"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.

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

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