Halle Berry Testifies For Stricter Paparazzi Laws In California
Superstar Halle Berry has had enough of aggressive paparazzi harassing her and her daughter, Nahla, and now she has taken action by appearing before California legislature to propose stronger paparazzi laws.
Late Tuesday afternoon, Berry testified before the Assembly Committee on Public Safety at the California state Capitol in Sacramento to support a proposed bill that would protect children from the paparazzi, reports ABC News. She shared her own frightening experiences dealing with photogs harassing her daughter in her emotional testimony.
“My daughter doesn’t want to go to school because she knows ‘the men’ are watching for her. They jump out of the bushes and from behind cars and who knows where else, besieging these children just to get a photo,” she recounted.
The Oscar-winning actress is championing for a bill that calls for $10,000 fines and civil lawsuits if paparazzi who harass children just to get a shot purely because of who their parents are.
“I have to yell ‘She’s a child. Leave my child alone. Leave my child alone.’ We get into the car, and my daughter is now sobbing, and she says to me, ‘Are they going to kill us? Are they going to kill us?’” Berry testified.
Though she’s calling for stricter laws against paparazzi to protect the children of celebrities, Berry notes that she respects the media’s rights to gather news.
“We have a love-hate relationship. I need them. They need me. But this bill would not infringe on their rights,” she said, adding that her quality of life would greatly increase if the bill were passed.
This isn’t the first time celebs have called for stricter laws protecting their children from the flashes of paparazzi. Ben Affleck and Angelina Jolie have criticized paparazzi’s practices, while Steven Tyler even lobbied for a law protecting celebs from photogs in Hawaii.