"That was absolutely wrong and not what I meant to do," she said. "I know that body-shaming is wrong. That is not the type of person I am," Mathers eventually said in an apology.
After learning of the matter, LA Fitness banned Mathers from their member services.
On Friday, the city attorney of Los Angeles filed criminal charges against Mathers with cooperation from the 70-year-old woman in the photo.
“Body-shaming is humiliating, with often painful, long-term consequences,” Mike Feuer said in a statement.
“It mocks and stigmatizes its victims, tearing down self-respect and perpetuating the harmful idea that our unique physical appearances should be compared to air-brushed notions of ‘perfect.’ What really matters is our character and humanity. While body-shaming, in itself, is not a crime, there are circumstances in which invading one’s privacy to accomplish it can be. And we shouldn’t tolerate that.”
Mathers could face up to six months in prison if found guilty of one misdemeanor count of invasion of privacy.