A former model’s humiliating crime against an older woman is being used by California lawmakers as leverage to pass a bill that will increase punishment for taking photos or videos of someone without their permission.
Dani Mathers, a former Los Angeles Playboy model, is in hot water for taking a photo of an older, nude woman and posting it publicly on Snapchat, along with the comment, “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either.”
She reportedly intended to send it as a private message, was slammed on social media for the incident, and apologized on Twitter.
Wednesday, Mathers pleaded no contest to misdemeanor invasion of privacy and was sentenced to three years of probation, along with being required to serve 30 hours of graffiti removal service.
In addition, Mathers is prohibited from possessing “any device capable of recording images or videos, including a cellphone,” when outside of her residence.
If the case had gone to trial, she coud have received as much as six months in prison.
Her actions may still have additional consequences, if the woman she photographed ends up filing a lawsuit, the Daily Caller reported.
“This country has a growing problem of bullying through body-shaming on social media that needs to be addressed,” State Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, regarding the bill lawmakers are working to pass in California.
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