Fat-shaming

Playboy Playmate of the Year Snapchats photo of naked gym-goer, mocks her

Dani Mathers, the 2015 Playboy Playmate of the Year, could face jail time after sending out a Snapchat video of a naked fellow gym-goer at an L.A. Fitness club. The video, captioned, “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either,” shows the 29-year-old model covering her face in faux-shock while an unidentified naked woman is changing in the background. Mathers has since been banned from L.A. Fitness, indefinitely suspended from her radio gig in Los Angeles, and lambasted by critics from all sides who condemned her for violating the woman’s privacy and for attempting to fat-shame her. Mathers deleted her Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat accounts after delivering an apology, according to the The New York Daily News.

Apologies, however, will only go so far. Los Angeles Police Captain Andrew Neiman said that L.A. Fitness has reported Mathers for “illegal distribution” of the image, and that detectives from LAPD’s west division sexual assault section are investigating the matter. Under California law, it’s illegal to use a camera to look “with the intent to invade the privacy of a person” in places such as changing rooms, where people have “a reasonable expectation of privacy.” It is also generally illegal to distribute images of the “intimate body part or parts” of another person “without the consent and knowledge of that person.” By that count, Mathers could face charges of disorderly conduct — a misdemeanor that can include a fine of up to $1,000, or even six months in prison.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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