Paparazzi have been put on notice. California has passed a new anti-harassment bill that will limit photographers’ interaction with celebrities’ children.
Celebrities will sleep better tonight knowing their kids are a little safer. After a long fight, stars like Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner have made progress in the fight against paparazzi. As public figures they can’t stop photographers from targeting them, but they can keep them away from their children.
Thanks to a group of Hollywood moms, with Berry leading the charge, a new anti-harassment bill has been signed into law. Today, Gov. Jerry Brown decided to put Senate Bill 606 into action. It will enforce strict punishment on those (i.e. paparazzi) who harass minors.
According to E! Online, a harassment violation includes “conduct in the course of the actual or attempted recording of children’s images and/or voices, without express parental consent, by following their activities or lying in wait.”
If that rule is broken, they can spend up to a year in jail and be fined up to $30,000.
In a statement Berry said, “I started this fight with a great deal of hope and a bit of uncertainty so I cannot express my immense gratitude that Gov. Brown has recognized, and acted to remedy, the plight of children who are tormented because of the identity or prominence of their parents. On behalf of my children, it is my hope that this is the beginning of the end for those overly aggressive paparazzi whose outrageous conduct has caused so much trauma and emotional distress.”
Berry’s never been shy about her disdain for the paps. With another child on the way, we don’t blame her for taking extra precautions to protect her family.