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.