New California law protects children of celebrities from paparazzi
It just got a little easier to be a child of a famous person in California this week, because the state legislature passed Halle Berry's paparazzi bill. We'd show you photos of it but, well, you know ...
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 606 into law on Tuesday. The measure increases the penalties on photographers who are convicted of harassing minors because their parents are newsworthy, the L.A. Times reports. Berry was an outspoken proponent of the bill, sponsored by Los Angeles Sen. Kevin de Leon.
"I am forever in awe of the support I got within my community from the enormously talented musician Adele to fellow actor, Jennifer Garner, who traveled with me to Sacramento to share her children's stories, experience, and her desire to give them a better life," Berry said in a statement. "I'm grateful to Nia Vardalos and the numerous parents who work as actors, musicians, as well as professionals in medicine, mental health, lawyers, judges, and cops who have experienced their children being harassed, tormented or otherwise put in dangerous situations due to their parent's profession and therefore lent their support."
The punishment for chasing down kids is now up to a year in jail, an increasingly heavy fine for infractions and civil liability. And if you don't think Halle Berry's fiancee Olivier Martinez won't sue you, you should see what he did to Gabriel Aubry.