Halle Berry is passionate about protecting her daughter, Nahla, and her baby on the way from aggressive paparazzi, and the bill she supported to that effect was officially signed into law this week.

Governor Jerry Brown signed the legislation on September 24th in Sacramento, redefining the definition of harassment according to California State law.

Starting January 1st, 2014, if a paparazzo is convicted of harassing a minor who is in the public eye because of his or her parent’s profession, that photographer can spend up to a year in jail and be fined ($10,000 for the first violation, $20,000 for the second, and up to $30,000 for the third).

Detractors argue that it infringes on First Amendment rights but the California State Senator who proposed the law, Kevin de León, disagrees because the bill targets a photographer’s behavior and not the act of taking a picture.

Both Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner, who has 3 children with actor Ben Affleck, gave emotional testimony at the Senate hearing about the effect the paparazzi has had on their children’s lives.

After news hit that the bill was signed, Halle Berry gave this statement:

“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.

Congratulations to her.

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  • That is truly a victory to celebrate! Good for Halle and Jennifer. They have the right to protect their babies from these beasts. I know it’s their jobs, and while they can take pictures (thank God I’m not a celebrity because I wouldn’t want them photographing my children WITHOUT my permission), but they don’t have the right to invade the children’s space.

  • Jn

    Honestly I am happy for her and other celebs. No one should be afraid of walking around with their child no matter who the person is.

  • E.M.S.

    Glad this is going into effect. Paparazzi can be frightenly aggressive for that “money shot.” They completely ignore the fact that celebrities want and have a right to privacy.

  • Digg82

    I am happy that this bill was signed. While celebrity parents have chosen the life of someone in the spotlight, their children have not and should not have to duck and dodge aggressive paparazzi in order to feel safe and protected. The children are the innocents and should be kept that way as long as possible.

    • Leo the Yardie Chick

      Man, I remember being flabbergasted by a woman on-line who was pissed (PISSED) that an actress refused to publicize her children’s names and kept them out of the limelight as much as possible. According to her, the actress was being ‘silly’ because ‘she chose to be in the spotlight’, therefore her family was fare game. Yea, I know. WTF x infinity.

      The parents might be celebrities, but the children are not. I for one am not going to sneer at a parent trying to protect their child.

  • RJ

    I am actually of the mindset that celebrities should not be followed and photographed the way that they are. It really is an invasion of privacy. We do not need to know what these people do.

    I am well aware that many people use the media to make millions of dollars, but this obsession with celebrities is really one of our countries biggest problems. (It would seem like it is a small thing,but many people turn their attention to celebrities and do not work on the issues that they need to. In turn, their problems effect society)

    As a person who has worked in and around the industry I can personally attest that the majority of the people are not very interesting and have an extremely inflated opinion of themselves and what they do for a living. they are mostly pretty insecure.

    There are exceptions and I will not name drop, but the exceptions unfortunately are outnumbered.

    Just my thoughts.