Playboy Playmate Dani Mathers broke down in tears during an interview with “Good Morning America,” describing the backlash she received after body-shaming an elderly woman on Snapchat.
In an interview airing Wednesday, a tearful Mathers described her transformation from Playmate to pariah, detailing how she hid out at her mother’s house during the backlash and saying, “It just felt really low.”
Mathers, Playboy’s Playmate of the Year for 2015, was sentenced to 30 days of community labor last week after pleading no contest in a case brought against her by the Los Angeles City Attorney.
Mathers was charged with one count of invasion of privacy and was facing trial for allegedly photographing an elderly woman in the shower area of her gym and posting it with a mocking caption on Snapchat.
The Playboy model was accused of secretly photographing a 71-year-old nude woman in the shower area of her L.A. Fitness gym and then posting it with the caption, “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either” via Snapchat.
During the “Good Morning America” interview, Mathers said that, while she had not met the woman in the photograph, she hopes that the woman will forgive her.
“I haven’t been able to actually meet the woman involved, although I’ve wanted to. So there’s just been a lot of unresolved issues,” Mathers said. “I never meant to hurt her. I never ever intended on showing the world this photo,” Mathers said. “And that I hope that she could forgive me. I don’t expect her to forget. I don’t expect her to like me. I just, I really want her forgiveness.”
The Playboy model, who was dropped from her radio gig at Los Angeles station KLOS after causing the uproar, also said that she had learned a lesson from the ordeal.
“It’s taught me a lot about privacy,” she said. “I’ve lost a lot of that myself as well. We’ve had a lot of paparazzi involved in my family life. I had my privacy taken away after I took someone else’s.”