For Halle Berry And Others Like Her, Justice Has Now Been Served
The 47-year-old actress, now pregnant with her second child, fought long and hard to get what has been termed the “anti paparazzi bill” passed in California. The bill would impose tougher penalties on photographers who harass the children of celebrities and on Tuesday, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 606 into law. Now that the bill has passed into law, any paparazzi pursuing a child based on the celebrity status of its parent(s), including actors, athletes, politicians, reality stars and singers, can get up to one year of jail time and possibly, even incur hefty fines of $10,000, $20,000 and $30,000 for the first, second and third offenses. In addition, the parent or guardian of the harassed child will be able to seek civil liability.
“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.”