Former Playboy Playmate Dani Mathers has been forced to lay low at her mother’s house after receiving death threats online for body shaming a woman on social media.
The model found herself in trouble with the law last year (16) after secretly taking a photo of an older woman changing in a gym locker room in Los Angeles and posting the shot on Snapchat.
Mathers added the ill-advised caption: “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either.”
She was charged with invasion of privacy and was sentenced to community labour and probation last week (ends26May17) after striking a plea deal with prosecutors.
Mathers has now addressed the legal issue publicly, insisting she had only intended to share the image privately with a friend.
“I didn’t have an intention of breaking a law,” she told ABC News. “I just wasn’t thinking, to be honest.
“My intention was to reply to the conversation I was having with my friend. I know the difference between right and wrong and I chose wrong.”
The image quickly went viral and prompted critics to slam Mathers for cyber bullying, and some even threatened the star’s life.
“To hide out at my mother’s house at age 30 because of something I’ve done – it just felt really low,” she tearfully admitted. “I had lost my privacy after taking privacy from somebody else.”
Mathers has tried to reach out to her victim to personally apologize, but to no avail.
“I never meant to hurt her,” she added. “I never ever intended on showing the world this photo… I hope that she could forgive me.
“I just want her to be able to move on and move forward in her life and not feel judged… and I’m so sorry.”