Ex-Playmate Dani Mathers Pleads No Contest to Secretly Sharing Photo of Naked Woman in Locker Room
This article originally appeared on People.com.
Former Playboy model Dani Mathers on Wednesday pleaded no contest to invasion of privacy after prosecutors said she secretly took a photo of a naked woman in a gym locker room and posted it on social media last year, PEOPLE confirms.
Mathers, who was named “Playmate of the Year” in 2015, was sentenced to perform 30 days of community labor — specifically “graffiti removal” — according to Rob Wilcox, a spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney.
Pleading no contest has essentially the same effect as a guilty plea, as the defendant agrees not to dispute the charges, but does not admit guilt.
Mathers, 30, was also ordered to serve three years’ probation.
In November, she was charged with a misdemeanor count of invasion of privacy after authorities said she took a picture in July of a naked 70-year-old woman in an LA Fitness locker room and posted it on Snapchat — all without the woman’s knowledge.
Mathers captioned the image, “If you can’t un-see this, I can’t either.” She also posted a selfie in which she covered her mouth in mock shock.
Mathers, who has not denied posting the woman’s photo online, was quickly slammed on social media for “body shaming.” She was also banned from all LA Fitness locations.
“Her behavior is appalling and puts every member at risk of losing their privacy,” Jill Greuling, the company’s executive vice president of operations, told the Los Angeles Times in July.
Mathers later apologized in a video on Snapchat, saying, “That was absolutely wrong and not what I meant to do. I know that body shaming is wrong. That is not the type of person I am.”
Her attorney Dana Cook tells PEOPLE, “With her no contest plea, Dani Mathers has accepted responsibility for the very inappropriate photo that she took. She feels terrible for the victim and she hopes somehow, someway she can make amends. This case is a good example of how social media when used inappropriately can cause harm to even an unknown person.”
Mathers’ previous lawyer told PEOPLE in a statement he was “very disappointed that Dani Mathers was charged with any violation. She never tried to invade anyone’s privacy and never tried to break any law.”
Mather initially pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor and faced up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
“What really matters is our character and humanity,” Mike Feuer, the L.A. city attorney, said in a statement in November. “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.”