Halle Berry Joins Actress Jennifer Garner To Urge Passing of Anti-Paparazzi Law To Protect Their Kids
Actors have come to expect that the paparazzi will make their lives difficult, with constant privacy invasions and ambush attempts at candid photos. But when it comes to their children, celebrities Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner say that’s not how these kids should have to grow up.
Both actresses testified at a hearing before the California State Assembly Committee on Public Safety on Tuesday, supporting an anti-paparazzi bill that would criminalize photographers’ taking pictures of children without their permission.
The Motion Picture Association of America, journalists and publishers have protested that the inability to take photos of children could prevent them from gathering the news.
“They have a bounty on their heads every day,” said Garner of her children, who said that every day there were 15 cars of photographers waiting outside of her home. Berry, who has talked about moving to France to avoid the onslaught, echoed that experience.
Berry said that her 5-year-old daughter Nahla “doesn’t want to go to preschool any more. Why? Because these 25 grown men are there…. We’re moms here, just trying to protect our children.” The 47-year-old actress is currently pregnant with her second child.
Berry, who also testified before lawmakers in Sacramento in June and has repeatedly tried to ward off paparazzi from bothering her daughter at school, had other horror stories to share as well.
The pregnant Oscar winner said Tuesday that photographers have asked her 5-year-old child, “‘How do you feel, Nahla? You may not see your father again. How do you feel about that?’
“They say curse words and call me names, all trying to provoke some sort of response to sell a photograph.”
Senate Bill 606 would change the legal definition of “harassment” to include the photography or recording of a child without a parent or legal guardian’s permission.
The bill passed unanimously and is now going to the appropriations committee.