Actresses Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner are taking their fight for tougher laws against paparazzi stalking their children to the California State Capitol.
Last year Berry, who is pregnant with her second child, was denied a request to move her daughter Nahla, then 4 years old, to Paris to avoid the craze of photographers in Los Angeles. With few choices left, a marriage to actor Olivier Martinez and a second child on the way, Berry is staying put in LA, but the fight isn’t over.
The “X-Men” actress was joined by Jennifer Garner, a mother of 3, at the state Capitol before the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Tuesday to testify in favor of an anti-paparazzi bill.
Garner pleaded during her emotional testimony: “I don’t want a gang of shouting, arguing, law-breaking photographers who camp out everywhere we are, all day every day, to continue traumatizing my kids.”
Berry added: “We aren’t just whiny celebrities… We’re moms who are just trying to protect our children. What this bill would do is give us our rights back so that we can protect our children.”
According to NY Daily News:
“The bill from Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, would change the definition of harassment to include photographing or recording a child without the permission of a legal guardian by following the child or guardian’s activities or by lying in wait. It also increases the penalties for people convicted of such behavior.
“The bill passed the panel without opposition and now heads to the Appropriations Committee.”