Police are hoping that the victim of a body-shaming incident by Playboy Playmate Dani Mathers will come forward to aid in a criminal investigation into the matter.
A spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department told TheWrap that it wants the unnamed woman — who was photographed naked in an L.A. Fitness gym, then mocked by Mathers on Snapchat — to step forward.
“We would always want victims to come forward,” the spokesman said, adding that “it makes things a little easier” when there’s a victim in an investigation.
Currently, the matter is being investigated as a Jane Doe case, the spokesman added.
Mathers drew widespread wrath on social media Thursday after taking a photo of a woman nude in an L.A. Fitness gym, then posted it to her Snapchat with the caption, “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either.”
The model did not say what about the woman’s appearance she found objectionable but the photo suggests a woman who may not meet Playboy norms for svelteness.
Mathers subsequently apologized, but that failed to sway her newly minted critics on Twitter, one of whom noted, “She admitted to it. Body shaming is what she does w/friends. She just got caught. And that woman should sue the hell outta her.”
Being tried in the court of social-media opinion soon became the least of Mathers’ worries.
On Friday, she was canned from Los Angeles radio station KLOS, where she served as a regular on the “Heidi & Frank” morning show. And police opened an investigation, with the potential crime being the dissemination of private images.
A spokesperson for Playboy has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment on the matter.