"Revenge Porn" Could Put Playmate
Dani Mathers in Jail
(People) - It has been a bad year for Playboy model Dani Mathers. The 29-year-old sparked internet outrage in July when she Snapchatted a photo of an unsuspecting naked woman in a gym locker room. Mathers also included a selfie in the Snapchat in which she covered her mouth as if to stifle shock or a giggle.
Internet scorn is one thing, but PEOPLE confirms that the Los Angeles City Attorney's office is reviewing the case after the alleged victim came forward. And experts tell PEOPLE that there is a law on the books that could be used against Mathers.
California Penal Code 647(j)(1) states that "any person who...views the interior of a changing room, fitting room, dressing room, or tanning booth, or the interior of any other area in which the occupant has a reasonable expectation of privacy, with the intent to invade the privacy of a person or persons inside" is guilty of a misdemeanor.
"It's the Peeping Tom statute," Troy Slaten, a partner and managing attorney of the criminal division at the California firm Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, tells PEOPLE. "California places a high value on privacy. It's in the state constitution. The paparazzi laws, revenge porn – all of that is related."
"A statute like this was intended to target revenge porn," Slaten continues. "It's about disseminating material when people had a reasonable expectation of privacy, which applies in this case."
|Jail time for Dani? Insane. |
I say an eye for an eye. How about posting nude photos of Dani on the
Internet without her permission. Whoops, that might not work.