Score one for celebrity parents that live in California!
Over a month ago, I wrote about how Halle Berry and fellow celebrity Jennifer Garner were fighting to get an paparrazzi-deterring bill passed and as of today, I am happy to report that the bill has in fact passed. It was signed into law recently by Governor Jerry Brown in Sacramento.
Because of the new bill, the term harassment has been expanded to include “conduct in the course of the actual or attempted recording of children’s images and/or voices, without express parental consent, by following their activities or lying in wait” (E! News).
If the paps are found to be in violation of this newly minted law (which basically means that they would be convicted of harassing a minor who is being targeted simply because of their well-known parents), they could be spending up to a year in jail and be fined 10,000 for their initial violation, 20,000 for the next one, and 30,000 for the third.
I’m assuming they‘ll keep adding 10,000 every time there’s a new f*ck up.
The bill also makes it way easier for celebrity parents to see a pap over a harassment incident.
State Senator Kevin de León had this to say in a statement about the passing of the bill:
“Kids shouldn’t be tabloid fodder nor the target of ongoing harassment. SB 606 will give children, no matter who their parents are, protection from harassers who go to extremes to turn a buck.”
Moving on, Halle Berry released a statement and it was filled with a lot of heartfelt gratitude:
“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.”
Berry also didn’t hesitate to thank her legal team, as well as some fellow celebrity moms, especially Adele and the aforementioned Jennifer Garner:
“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,” she continued. “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. It is for all of us that I rejoice today and hope that this fight will continue and that the proper enforcement of this law will truly make a positive impact on the daily lives of all children.”
This makes me really happy. No child should ever be harassed or hounded like that and I’m glad the California legislature recognized the issue and decided to do something about it.
Here’s to hoping that celebrity parents and their children can finally get a little bit of peace now.
Source: E! News
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- Halle Berry Thanks Jennifer Garner, Adele & More Celeb Parents After Paparazzi-Deterrent Bill Passes (eonline.com)
- Halle Berry Thanks Jennifer Garner and Adele After Anti-Paparazzi Bill Was Signed Into Law (aceshowbiz.com)
- Calif. governor signs bill to deter paparazzi (star-telegram.com)
- Calif. Governor Signs Bill to Deter Paparazzi (abcnews.go.com)