The 70-year-old victim is ready to put this painful experience behind her.
Dani shared the photo on her public Snapchat with the cruel caption, “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either.”
Not only did Dani, now 30, receive extreme criticism for posting the insensitive, body-shaming photo, but she was also banned from her gym, lost her job at a radio station, was sentenced to three years of probation for invasion of privacy, has to clean up graffiti and pay restitution to the victim.
While Dani has been discussing the case publicly, her victim, who remains anonymous, hasn’t had the chance to speak out until now, with City Attorney Mike Feuer speaking to the Los Angeles Times on her behalf.
Feuer told the paper that the woman has called the experience “humiliating” and that she wishes this painful chapter in her life would close. He also touched upon the restitution Dani was ordered to pay the victim.
“She sought restitution of, like, $60. And people wanted to know afterwards, 'Why?' And the answer is, she had to buy a new backpack,” he explained. “Because the photograph depicted her in the shower, her backpack was hanging there, and it was a way people could identify her. She had to replace that with another backpack.”
Feuer also discredited a claim made by Dani on Good Morning America, where she said she has attempted to contact the victim.
“That surprises the victim, who told me she is unaware of any attempt by Ms. Mathers to reach out to her,” he said.
Feuer is committed to protecting people’s privacy in the future, sponsoring a bill that would penalize the distribution of photos that invade a person’s privacy, like this one. Presently the only crime is taking the photo, not disseminating it, like Dani did.