Belfast Telegraph

Stars demand paparazzi clampdown

Hollywood actresses Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner have urged California's politicians to support legislation that would impose tougher penalties on paparazzi who harass celebrities and their children.

The stars testified before the Assembly Judiciary Committee. The SB606 Bill would change the definition of harassment to include photographing a child without the permission of a legal guardian.

It was Halle's second state capitol appearance on the measure. Berry, who is pregnant, told the committee the constant presence of photographers has made her daughter scared to go to school.

Jennifer choked up when she described how paparazzi aggressively follow her and her three children daily.

Media organisations are concerned the Bill from Democratic Senator Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles will interfere with news gathering. The Bill was passed and heads to the Appropriations Committee.

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