LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A Playboy model pleaded not guilty Monday to a misdemeanor count of invasion of privacy for allegedly taking a photo of a nude 70-year-old woman in the shower of a Playa Vista gym locker and posting it on social media.

Dani Mathers, the 29-year-old 2015 Playboy Playmate of the Year, has since been banned from L.A. Fitness gyms, faces up to six months in jail and up to a $1,000 fine if convicted, according to the City Attorney’s Office. She did not appear in court, and she is also not required to attend the pretrial hearing that was set for Dec. 21.

Outside the courtroom, her attorney Thomas Mesearau reiterated that his client was sorry.

“She very much regrets what happened,” Mesereau said. “She apologized for her behavior and we’re looking forward to resolving this case in a very fair manner.”

Mathers was roundly criticized online after the photo appeared on her Snapchat account in July. The picture showed the naked woman from behind, with Mathers’ head turned away from the camera and a message that read, “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either.”

“Body shaming is humiliating, with often painful, long-term consequences,” City Attorney Mike Feuer said. “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.’

“What really matters is our character and humanity,” he said. “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.”

Shortly after the photo was posted, Mathers apologized, writing on her Twitter account, “I’m sorry for what I did. I need to take some time to myself now to reflect on why I did this horrible thing.”

In another post, she wrote, “This was a huge mistake and I’m so sorry. I understand that this was wrong and I will do everything in my power to show you.” In another, she indicated that she did not mean to post the photo publicly, only send it to a friend.

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Comments (5)
  1. Let’s see what she looks like at 70 years old, if she makes it there. The lady being ‘shamed’ should be applauded for even being at the gym! Shows the mentality of some models who have to shame others to feel good, or think they are being funny. Ha! Ha! Dani. If you feel any remorse, you should find that lady and send her on a vacation or something…

  2. Joanne Sowle says:

    Exactly. I would LOVE to see her at 70! I hope her family is ashamed of her. Plastic little witch.

  3. So let me get this straight, a person can post a picture of anyone doing something illegal, or shady, or doing something goofy, but you can’t take a pict and make fun of it?
    Furthermore, a person can completely defame a business via an online review on Yelp, complete with unsubstantiated accusations of a felonious act, yet can never be sued for it?
    This chick will be persecuted by the Politically correct establishment via social media, but criminal charges???
    And while I’m on the subject, people don’t give consent to have police dash-cam videos and body-cam videos put on TV-for-profit after calling them for help with a domestic dispute, yet that is legal too?
    Something is very wrong here.

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