UPDATE: The Los Angeles Police Department has responded to complaints. Yep, the police were informed of what had gone down by LA Fitness Gym but apparently they are unable to take things further until the woman in the photo has been identified.
A spokeswoman for the LAPD told Los Angeles Times: “Without a victim, we can’t go forward” with an investigation into “illegal distribution.”
She went on to ask the woman to come forward and contact the LAPD.
Here’s to hoping she gets the justice she deserves.
18/7/16: After posting a picture of a naked woman at the gym to Snapchat, 29-year-old Playboy model Dani Mathers is – quite rightly – facing a whole load of repercussions. Mathers sparked social media outrage when she posted the picture of the woman, who was taking a shower in the LA Fitness changing rooms, with the caption “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either.”
Soon, Twitter users were slamming her actions. Hollie Taylor wrote: ‘@DaniMathers it’s people like you that make others feel uneasy about changing openly in locker rooms. Appalling’, while Priscilla Sanchez added: ‘@DaniMathers that poor woman’s naked body is now circulating the internet when she never intended it to. It’s really heartbreaking.’
Mathers has been banned from all LA Fitness clubs, and, according to TMZ, has been accused by authorities of “egregiously violating a member’s right of privacy by taking a picture of her while naked in the shower, and then humiliating her by posting the picture with a disgusting caption”. She could now face criminal charges, and has unsurprisingly deleted both her Twitter and Instagram accounts.
Mathers claimed she meant to send the picture to a friend, not her public Snapchat story, and posted an apology video to Snapchat, in which she said: ‘I just want to acknowledge a photo that I accidentally posted. It was absolutely wrong and not what I meant to do.I chose to do what I do for a living because I love the female body and I know body shaming is wrong, that’s not what I’m about and this is not the type of person I am. The photo was taken as part of a personal conversation with a girlfriend and because I am new to Snapchat I didn’t realise I had posted it, and that was a huge mistake. I know I have upset a lot of people out there but please believe me this is not the type of person that I am. I have never done this before and I will never do this again, you have my word.’
Her apology didn’t wash with the Twitter-sphere though, and if anything, got users even more riled up. Dani Mathers wrote, ‘@DaniMathers No, you’re sorry you got caught. Do you feel better about yourself by putting others down? You need to do some self reflection’, while Greg Mann said, “@DaniMathers Shame on you. Now we know who you really are. Can’t unsee that either.’
With the police involved, it looks like this social media storm isn’t going to die down anytime soon.