Halle Berry is fighting back against the paparazzi. She's had enough of being followed—especially when it comes to her 5-year-old daughter, Nahla.
Berry testified in support of California Senate Bill 606 in front of the Assembly Committee on Public Safety in Sacramento this week about the negative effects her family has experienced as a result of being stalked by paparazzi photographers. Democratic senator Kevin De Leon of Los Angeles authored the bill, which would enforce stricter penalties in protecting the privacy of children of celebrities and public officials. The bill calls for an increase on jail time from six months to 12 months for paparazzi who physically intimidate or bump, push or shove children, and would increase the minimum fine from $1,000 for the first offense to $10,000, increase the penalties for second and third offenses, and open the door for civil liability suits.
According to Southern California Public Radio KPCC, Berry shared with lawmakers that her daughter feels uncomfortable out in public. "My daughter doesn't want to go to school because she knows 'the men' are watching for her," she said. De Leon told KPCC the bill would "sharpen and add more teeth" to the 20-year-old legislation that protects celebrities, public officials and their children from the paparazzi.
Berry is not the first celebrity parent to support stricter laws on protecting their children.
Do you agree with them, or do you think it's just the price of fame?