Former Playboy model could face jail time over gym body-shaming incident

2017-11-06 16:49

Cape Town - A former Playboy model is facing a 45-day jail term if she doesn’t complete her community service in time.

Dani Mathers, was ordered to do 30 days of community service after she posted a picture of a naked 70-year-old woman in the gym changing rooms on Snapchat.

She captioned the post, "If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either".

The Sun reports the 30-year-old admitted in court that she’d only completed 54 hours of the 240 hours of her community service. That’s less that’s a quarter of the time she needs to complete before her next appearance of 17 January next year.

Mathers’ post was met with backlash on social media, with many accusing her of body-shaming.

The victim’s lawyer, Mike Feuer, said his client was humiliated by the incident.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Feuer said, "She wishes the whole chapter, this painful chapter, would close. Body shaming is inhumane and it tears down the victim’s self-respect. It has devastating consequences. It stigmatises victims."

The Sun goes on to report that Mathers, who was the 2015 Playmate of the Year, pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor invasion of privacy in Los Angeles County Superior Court in May.

She’d claimed at the time that the image was meant to be shared privately with a friend.

She took to Twitter to apologise after the furor her Snap caused, insisting she understood the magnitude of the post and that she had hurt a lot of people.

"There are no words to describe how sorry I am for hurting and offending you all. Women make my world go around, I respect women," she said.

In an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America she said, "I just want her to be able to move on and move forward and her life and not feel judged or that was she was doing was being ridiculed because it had nothing to do with that and that I’m so sorry."

According to The Sun, the gym has since revoked her membership for life.

Sources:  Daily Mail, The Sun, LA Times, Good Morning America

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