Calif. Lawmakers Pass Bill Restricting Paparazzi From Shooting Stars’ Kids
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Actresses Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner helped voice the support needed to pass a bill restricting paparazzi from capturing stars’ children.
The measure passed unanimously in the California Senate, making it so that anyone caught recording video or taking pictures of children without parental permission would face harassment charges.
Actor Jerry O’Connell, who’s a father to twin girls, said he’s thrilled the bill passed.
“Yeah, the paparazzi are really annoying. I try to just ignore them. I try not to say anything. I don’t want to make a big deal about it when my kids are there,” the “Burning Love” star said.
Berry and Garner have plead with state lawmakers for tougher laws to keep paparazzi away from their kids. Garner even got emotional at one of the hearings.
“I don’t want a gang of shouting, arguing, law-breaking photographers who camp out wherever we are all day every day to continue traumatizing my kids,” Garner said.
Senator Kevin de León introduced the bill after Christopher Dorner killed the daughter of a former LAPD captain.
Other celebrities who are parents have backed the bill as well.