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Hollywood Moms Welcome Protection For Their Children From Paparazzi

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09/26/2013 7:33 pm
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Hollywood Moms Welcome Protection For Their Children From Paparazzi
Media Courtesy of AP

Susan Booth

Staff Writer

Looks like those paparazzi will soon be standing in the unemployment line. The anti-paparazzi legislation which was passed by California Governor Jerry Brown, and was put forth by State Senator Kevin De Leon, is a bill to prevent the harassment of children of public figures, like actors. Halle Berry took the time to testify in front of the California State Assembly, to show her support for this bill. Now, Senate Bill Number 606 has asked for an increase in penalties for those who try and photograph or record a child because of their parent's line of employment "in a manner that seriously alarms, annoys, torments or terrorizes them." Halle Berry made a statement in response to the bill being passed, she 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." Halle had this to say when she testified earlier this year: "We're moms here who are just trying to protect our children who didn't ask to be celebrities. These are little innocent children who didn't ask to be celebrities. They didn't ask to thrown into this game and they don't have the wherewithal to process what's happening. We don't have a law in place to protect them from this." Jennifer Garner, mother of three, also took the time to testify as well. Garner stated that "There are violent, mentally ill stalkers who can now get close to my kids by simply following mobs of photographers and blending in. Like the very man who threatened to cut the babies out of my belly. Who was arrested waiting behind our daughter's preschool, standing among the throng of paparazzi. The man is still in prison, but I have no doubt there are others like him still out there." This measure has passed, despite problems that the Newspaper Publisher's Association and The National Press Photographers Association may have at the moment. Both parties have expressed concern over the restriction being given in terms of what they may or may not gather in regards to the news. Kevin De Leon's office has made it clear that this measure has been tailored in order to avoid first amendment problems. The measure specifies that it is the photographer's conduct being looked into, not taking pictures. Looks like the paparazzi have gotten in legal lesson saying "Behave yourselves for gods sake!"


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