Halle Berry is taking her complaints about paparazzi to the state capitol with her daughter in mind. The star recently testified in front of government officials in favor of the anti-harassment bill that will limit photographer contact with celebs like herself.
“If it passes, the quality of my life and my children’s lives will be dramatically changed,” said Berry as she gave insight on how her and Nahla’s lives have been negatively impacted by the paps’ tactics of getting pictures, which have included jumping out of bushes and vexing her fiance. “My daughter doesn’t want to go to school because she knows `the men’ are watching for her. They jump out of the bushes and from behind cars and who knows where else, besieging these children just to get a photo,” said the actress in her speech.
The anti-harassment bill, originally presented to the assembly by Senator Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles, carries the ultimate goal of protecting children from paparazzi who take pictures of kids without parental permission. The bill specifically targets photographers who loiter around schools and hide out to get pictures of celebrity kids. If put into law, paparazzi who use extreme tactics to capture a photograph could face up to one year in jail and possibility of civil lawsuit from the party being harassed.
Halle Berry has one child, Nahla, with ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry. The X-Men actress is pregnant with her and fiance Olivier Martinez’s first child together.