Playboy model Dani Mathers, who came under fire and was charged with a misdemeanor count of invasion of privacy after she posted a photo online of a naked 70-year-old woman taken in a locker room, pleaded not guilty today in the case, CBS News reports.
Mathers, who was Playboy’s Miss May in 2014, reportedly posted the photo of the woman on social media along with the caption: “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either.”
CBS Los Angeles reported that City Attorney Mike Feuer said in court: “Body shaming is humiliating, with often painful, long-term consequences. 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.’”
Feuer added: “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.”
Mathers, 29, could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. She was not required to appear in court today, and her attorney, Tom Mesereau, entered the plea on her behalf.
Outside court, Mesereau said Mathers “very much regrets” what happened, and added: “She apologized for her behavior and we’re looking forward to resolving this case in a very fair manner.”