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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 Wednesday to clean up graffiti as punishment 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)

Mesereau blamed prosecutors for doing more damage to the victim by giving the case worldwide attention.

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)

"There's word for that and the word is baloney," Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer replied when asked about that claim. "Body shaming can devastate its subject. People are mocked, they're humiliated and in ways they can never fully get back."

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)

After the case arose, Feuer sponsored legislation that would enhance penalties of the existing privacy invasion law to add penalties for distributing partially or fully nude images without consent. The bill passed the state Senate this week.

Under terms of the plea, Mathers will be on probation for three years and must not take photos or video of people or post them online without their permission and can't have a camera in places where people are naked or expect privacy.

Defense lawyer Dana Cole earlier argued unsuccessfully that the charge should be dismissed because the victim couldn't easily be identified.

The woman, who has not been named publicly, was humiliated when she learned about the photo, Deputy City Attorney Chadd Kim said.

Mathers was ordered to pay her $60 to replace a backpack seen in the photo so she wouldn't easily be identified.

The woman was not in court Wednesday, but Kim said that based on past conversations, she thought she'd be pleased with the outcome.

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

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