The paps better think again when it comes to harassing kids of celebrities. Now it's against the law.
Gov. Jerry Brown of California on Tuesday signed into law a bill that "will make it a misdemeanor to attempt to photograph or videotape a child in a harassing manner if the image is being taken because the child's parent is a celebrity or public official," according to the Los Angeles Times.
While the current penalties for harassment are up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000, the new penalty in addition to the misdemeanor will be up to a year in jail and a possible fine of $10,000.
The bill, authored by Sen. Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles), gained a lot of support in the Hollywood community, notably by celebrity moms Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner.
"I don't want a gang of shouting, arguing, law-breaking photographers who camp out everywhere we are, all day every day, to continue traumatizing my kids," Garner testified before the California State Assembly in August.
"We are not just whiny celebrities that many times people think we are," Berry added. "We're moms here, who are just trying to protect our children."
What the new law will do is "give children, no matter who their parent is, protection from harassers who go to extremes to turn a buck," de Leon said in a statement.