Playboy centerfold model loses bid to dismiss gym photo case

Posted May 17, 2017

The 2015 Playmate of the year quickly became the target of online venom for the so-called body shaming incident.

The image was accompanied by a selfie of the model feigning a look of horror and the caption "If I can't unsee this then you can't either".

The trial is tentatively set to begin May 26.

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The former centrefold attempted to evade trial by claiming the California privacy law she's accused of breaking is too vague to be constitutional.

Mathers now plans to testify in her own defense. She later apologized and deleted her social media accounts.

Charged with "misdemeanor invasion of privacy under a California law that prohibits the secret recording or photographing of an "identifiable person" in a home, changing room or tanning booth without the subject's consent", according to the Daily News, the 30-year-old model's attorney tried to have the case dismissed, arguing, "This was a far-away shot, and the victim, her features can not be identified". Mathers faces a maximum of six months in jail for the crime of invasion of privacy.

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Playboy model Dani Mathers is going to trial in a body-shaming photo case.

Under California law, it is illegal to secretly photograph another identifiable person in a changing room without their consent. "This was a far-away shot, and the victim, her features can not be identified", Cole told the court. "I chose to do what I do for a living because I love the female body, and I know body shaming is wrong". "That is not the type of person I am", she had said.

At the time, the attorney of the 70-year-old woman said "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.' What really matters is our character and humanity".

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