Former Playboy Playmate pleads not guilty in body-shaming case

Playboy model Dani Mathers posted a picture body shaming a naked woman at a Los Angeles gym.

A former Playboy playmate charged with secretly photographing a nude 70-year-old woman in a gym shower and posting the image on social media pleaded not guilty on Monday.

Dani Mathers, 29, was not in court as her lawyer entered a not guilty plea on her behalf to a misdemeanor count of invasion of privacy.

Mathers, Playboy's Miss May in 2014, was not required to be in court on Monday.

"She very much regrets what happened," Mather's attorney Tom Mesereau told reporters. "She apologized for her behavior and we're looking forward to resolving this case in a very fair manner."

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Mesereau, who successfully defended boxer Mike Tyson and pop-icon Michael Jackson, previously stated he was disappointed Mathers was even charged with a violation.

The Los Angeles Police Department said the incident took place in July at an L.A. Fitness health club.

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The image showed a nude woman in the background, comments about her appearance, and Mathers covering her mouth in the foreground.

It was allegedly uploaded to Mathers' Snapchat account. After public backlash, Mathers quickly issued an apology after the snap was sent.

"I just wanted to acknowledge a photo I accidentally posted here on Snapchat earlier today and let you guys know that was absolutely wrong and not what I meant to do," Mathers said.

If convicted, the model could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Her next pretrial was scheduled for Dec. 21.

The Associated Press and City News Service contributed to this report.
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