Why Woman Body-Shamed by Playboy Model Wanted $60

She needed to buy a new backpack, city attorney explains
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2017 3:18 PM CDT

(Newser) – The 70-year-old woman body-shamed by former Playboy Playmate Dani Mathers as she showered in a gym locker room was willing to testify against Mathers if the case came to trial, but Mathers ultimately pleaded no contest instead, so the woman's identity will remain a secret. LA City Attorney Mike Feuer has spoken to her extensively, and recounts her feelings on the matter to the Los Angeles Times. "She has been humiliated," he says. "She used the word, that it had been 'humiliating.'" He points out that as the case drew to a close and the topic of restitution was brought up, the woman had a very specific amount of money in mind.

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"She sought restitution of, like, $60. And people wanted to know afterwards, why? And the answer is, she had to buy a new backpack," Feuer says. "Because the photograph depicted her in the shower, her backpack was hanging there, and it was a way people could identify her. She had to replace that with another backpack." That's important, he says, because it illustrates the fact that "the impact of this incident is irreparable. And it causes harm that will reverberate on and on." Feuer also says he was struck by the fact that while Mathers secretly taking the photo was illegal in California, disseminating the photo was not. Click for the rest of the interview, in which he discusses a bill he's sponsoring that could change that. (Read more Dani Mathers stories.)

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