Tom Mesereau, the superstar attorney hired by Playboy Playmate Dani Mathers after she posted a picture of an unidentified woman online and mocked her body, spoke out for the first time on Monday and said his client “never tried to hurt anyone.”
Mesereau, who helped Michael Jackson beat child molestation charges in 2005, was responding to a report that the woman Mathers photographed has been located by police, and is eager to help prosecute.
“I hope the rumors are not true. Dani Mathers never tried to hurt anyone at any time and certainly never tried to break the law,” Mesereau told TheWrap. He declined to comment further.
Mathers hired Mesereau in July, soon after she posted a Snapchat image of the undressed woman. The post suggested that the woman didn’t meet Mathers’ beauty standards. “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either,” Mathers wrote in the caption.
Mathers’ post sparked widespread disgust because of the invasion of privacy and the cruelty of mocking someone’s body. A TMZ report Monday that the woman is in her 70s — a senior citizen doing her best to stay in shape — is only likely to fuel the outrage. Her name was not released, to prevent any additional invasion of her privacy.
Mathers lost her gig with Los Angeles radio station KLOS over the post, and entertainment lawyer Devin McRae told TheWrap that if Mathers’ victim sues, she could receive up to $1 million in damages.
TMZ said Mathers could face a charge of Dissemination of Private Images, a misdemeanor charge that is punishable by up to six months behind bars. The Los Angeles City Attorney is reviewing the case, TMZ said.