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Playboy model pleads no contest for post of nude woman

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/24/2017 By BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press
Model and Playboy bunny Dani Mathers appears in Los Angeles County Superior Court to answer charges related to her taking a photo of a naked, 71-year-old woman in a gym locker room and posting it on social media with insults about the woman's body, in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. She pleaded no contest and was sentenced to probation and 30 days of community service. (Frederick M. Brown/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press Model and Playboy bunny Dani Mathers appears in Los Angeles County Superior Court to answer charges related to her taking a photo of a naked, 71-year-old woman in a gym locker room and posting it on social media with insults about the woman's body, in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. She pleaded no contest and was sentenced to probation and 30 days of community service. (Frederick M. Brown/Pool Photo via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Playboy centerfold was ordered to clean up graffiti Wednesday for secretly snapping a photo of a naked 71-year-old woman in a locker room and posting it online with a mocking comment.

Model and Playboy bunny Dani Mathers appears in Los Angeles County Superior Court to answer charges related to her taking a photo of a naked, 71-year-old woman in a gym locker room and posting it on social media in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. She pleaded no contest and was sentenced to probation and 30 days of community service. (Frederick M. Brown/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press Model and Playboy bunny Dani Mathers appears in Los Angeles County Superior Court to answer charges related to her taking a photo of a naked, 71-year-old woman in a gym locker room and posting it on social media in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. She pleaded no contest and was sentenced to probation and 30 days of community service. (Frederick M. Brown/Pool Photo via AP)

Dani Mathers pleaded no contest to misdemeanor invasion of privacy in Los Angeles County Superior Court for the case that sparked outrage over the incident of so-called body shaming.

Model and Playboy bunny Danielle "Dani" Mathers, center, answers the judges's questions with her attorneys Tom Mesereau, left, and Dana M. Cole Wednesday, May 24, 2017, to answer charges related to her taking a photo of a naked, 71-year-old woman in a gym locker room and posting it on social media with insults about the woman's body, in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Los Angeles. She pleaded no contest and was sentenced to probation and 30 days of community service. (Frederick M. Brown/Pool photo via AP) © The Associated Press Model and Playboy bunny Danielle "Dani" Mathers, center, answers the judges's questions with her attorneys Tom Mesereau, left, and Dana M. Cole Wednesday, May 24, 2017, to answer charges related to her taking a photo of a naked, 71-year-old woman in a gym locker room and posting it on social media with insults about the woman's body, in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Los Angeles. She pleaded no contest and was sentenced to probation and 30 days of community service. (Frederick M. Brown/Pool photo via AP)

Mathers, 30, had previously apologized for taking the photo at an LA Fitness club in July and posting it on Snapchat with the caption: "If I can't unsee this then you can't either."

Playboy model Danielle "Dani" Mathers, center, leaves Los Angeles County Superior Court with her attorney Tom Mesereau, right, and an unidentified man, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, after pleading no contest to charges that she took a photo of a naked, 71-year-old woman in a gym locker room and posted it on social media. She was sentenced to probation and 30 days community service. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) © The Associated Press Playboy model Danielle "Dani" Mathers, center, leaves Los Angeles County Superior Court with her attorney Tom Mesereau, right, and an unidentified man, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, after pleading no contest to charges that she took a photo of a naked, 71-year-old woman in a gym locker room and posted it on social media. She was sentenced to probation and 30 days community service. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

The posting was accompanied by a selfie of Mathers in a tank top with her hand over her mouth as if she's gasping in horror.

Playboy model Danielle "Dani" Mathers leaves Los Angeles County Superior Court, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, after pleading no contest to charges that she secretly snapped a photo of a naked 71-year-old woman in a locker room and posted it online with a mocking comment. She was sentenced to probation and 30 days community service. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) © The Associated Press Playboy model Danielle "Dani" Mathers leaves Los Angeles County Superior Court, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, after pleading no contest to charges that she secretly snapped a photo of a naked 71-year-old woman in a locker room and posted it online with a mocking comment. She was sentenced to probation and 30 days community service. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

The 2015 Playmate of the Year contended she intended to send the photo privately to a friend and accidentally posted it publicly.

Playboy model Danielle "Dani" Mathers leaves Los Angeles County Superior Court, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, after pleading no contest to charges she secretly snapped a photo of a naked 71-year-old woman in a locker room and posted it online with a mocking comment. She was sentenced to probation and 30 days community service. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) © The Associated Press Playboy model Danielle "Dani" Mathers leaves Los Angeles County Superior Court, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, after pleading no contest to charges she secretly snapped a photo of a naked 71-year-old woman in a locker room and posted it online with a mocking comment. She was sentenced to probation and 30 days community service. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Mathers was relieved to put the case behind her and was grateful to be spared a jail term, defense attorney Thomas Mesereau said outside court.

Playboy model Danielle "Dani" Mathers leaves Los Angeles County Superior Court, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, after pleading no contest to charges she secretly snapped a photo of a naked 71-year-old woman in a locker room and posted it online with a mocking comment. She was sentenced to probation and 30 days community service. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) © The Associated Press Playboy model Danielle "Dani" Mathers leaves Los Angeles County Superior Court, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, after pleading no contest to charges she secretly snapped a photo of a naked 71-year-old woman in a locker room and posted it online with a mocking comment. She was sentenced to probation and 30 days community service. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

"She really apologizes from the bottom of her heart for what happened," he said. "She never thought this would come out like this. Never intended to hurt anyone."

Model and Playboy bunny Dani Mathers appears with her attorneys Tom Mesereau, left, and Dana M. Cole in Los Angeles County Superior Court to answer charges related to her taking a photo of a naked, 71-year-old woman in a gym locker room and posting it on social media with insults about the woman's body, in Los Angeles Wednesday, May 24, 2017. She pleaded no contest and was sentenced to probation and 30 days of community service. (Frederick M. Brown/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press Model and Playboy bunny Dani Mathers appears with her attorneys Tom Mesereau, left, and Dana M. Cole in Los Angeles County Superior Court to answer charges related to her taking a photo of a naked, 71-year-old woman in a gym locker room and posting it on social media with insults about the woman's body, in Los Angeles Wednesday, May 24, 2017. She pleaded no contest and was sentenced to probation and 30 days of community service. (Frederick M. Brown/Pool Photo via AP)

Under terms of the plea, Mathers will be on probation for three years and must not take photos of people or post them online without their permission.

Model and Playboy bunny Dani Mathers appears with her attorneys Tom Mesereau, left, and Dana M. Cole as they listen to prosecutor Chadd Kim in Los Angeles County Superior Court to answer charges related to her taking a photo of a naked, 71-year-old woman in a gym locker room and posting it on social media in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. She pleaded no contest and was sentenced to probation and 30 days of community service. (Frederick M. Brown/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press Model and Playboy bunny Dani Mathers appears with her attorneys Tom Mesereau, left, and Dana M. Cole as they listen to prosecutor Chadd Kim in Los Angeles County Superior Court to answer charges related to her taking a photo of a naked, 71-year-old woman in a gym locker room and posting it on social media in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. She pleaded no contest and was sentenced to probation and 30 days of community service. (Frederick M. Brown/Pool Photo via AP)

She was ordered to either serve 45 days in jail or 30 days of graffiti removal. She chose the latter.

Model and Playboy bunny Dani Mathers appears with her attorneys Tom Mesereau, left, and Dana M. Cole in Los Angeles County Superior Court to answer charges related to her taking a photo of a naked, 71-year-old woman in a gym locker room and posting it on social media in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. She pleaded no contest and was sentenced to probation and 30 days of community service. (Frederick M. Brown/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press Model and Playboy bunny Dani Mathers appears with her attorneys Tom Mesereau, left, and Dana M. Cole in Los Angeles County Superior Court to answer charges related to her taking a photo of a naked, 71-year-old woman in a gym locker room and posting it on social media in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. She pleaded no contest and was sentenced to probation and 30 days of community service. (Frederick M. Brown/Pool Photo via AP)

Defense lawyer Dana Cole earlier argued unsuccessfully that the charge should be dismissed because the woman in the photo can't easily be identified.

The victim, who has not been named, had been expected to testify if the case went to trial, according to Rob Wilcox, a spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney.

Defendants who plead no contest do not admit guilt but do not dispute the charges and are convicted.

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