Halle Berry Testifies for Bill to Rein In Paparazzi
Actress says photographers stalk her daughter
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 25, 2013 4:22 PM CDT
Actress Halle Berry testifies before the Assembly Committee on Public Safety in Sacramento.   (Steve Yeater)

(Newser) – Halle Berry testified today for a California bill that would limit the ability of paparazzi to photograph the children of celebrities and public figures. "My daughter doesn't want to go to school because she knows `the men' are watching for her," Berry told an Assembly committee. "They jump out of the bushes and from behind cars and who knows where else, besieging these children just to get a photo."

The bill would change the definition of harassment to include photographing or recording a child without the permission of a legal guardian. Anyone convicted of a first offense could spend between 10 days and a year in jail. Berry's testimony worked: The measure passed in committee and is now in the hands of the full Assembly. Opponents fear it would interfere with reporters and photographers gathering news, but its sponsor is doubtful and says he will consider tweaking it to make sure.

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Parker Gabriel
Jun 27, 2013 7:50 PM CDT
There was one individual, female in gender, who would always continue to do her most and worst to undermine any such bills that might be written into law books as acts of legislation: The evil Rona Barrett. Her atrocities had even extended to assassinating Spencer, which meant that she was evil enough to stop at nothing. Barrett would ALWAYS find ways to render these laws worthless so that she could further her evil master plan. And her evil master plan was no less than TOTALLY AND PERMANENTLY DESTROYING ANY AND ALL FORMS OF ENTERTAINMENT ANYWHERE AND EVERYWHERE ANY AND ALL OF THEM EXISTED ON EARTH!!!
trailmix
Jun 26, 2013 6:29 PM CDT
" interfere with reporters and photographers gathering news ' Bullshit, Celebrities have a right to a private life
GraviD
Jun 26, 2013 6:39 AM CDT
The validity of "Miss Berry's" points are irrelevant. Fact is she's using her celebrity status to change legislation simply to benefit herself without thinking about how it might affect the average American. Cameras are on every street corner and in everyone's phones. It's only a matter of time before this little law is simply used as a judicial loophole and is used as an easy way to sue people. Not to mention we have the freedom and speech and press. What kind of other behavior in public will be made illegal next? People in this country have real problems. The economy is in the toilet, the education and water infrastructures are crumbling, there's huge divide between social classes and our health care system is disgusting. Yet were all supposed to shed a tear and support unnecessary legislation simply because "Miss Berry" can't let her multi-millionaire brat run lose on the streets (which isn't a good idea for any child let alone one who's mother is constantly in the public eye) People like you are the reason why there's a market for paparazzi photos and stalking. You think because you see her all the time on your little screens that it makes you best friends. You think it gives you the right to call her something as personal as "Miss Berry". You'll feel sorry for someone whos biggest struggle in life is the fact that they're so rich and famous that others make money by simply taking photos of their family. My gosh! Someone put an end to the suffering! This is an outrage! Your country is falling apart and slackjaws like you are so distracted with the woes of celebrities you don't notice. Look at some of these comments. "She's still got it. At Oscars and stuff like that, she is often the best dressed actress in Hollywood." as if this has anything to do with #(%*@!ing anything!