Halle Berry finally won her battle against the paparazzi — at least on paper. The actress, who has been frequently hounded by shutterbugs, helped get a law passed in California that imposes tougher penalties on photographers who harass stars and their children. Governor Gerry Brown signed the bill, Senate Bill 660, into law on Wednesday.
Berry lobbied ferociously for the legislation, citing her own harrowing experiences with paparazzi. She was joined on the senate floor by her fellow A-lister Jennifer Garner, who has four kids of her own. In the law, which goes into effect on January 1, 2014, a paparazzo convicted of harassing a minor who has been singled out due to his or her parent’s profession (famous actors, singers,reality TV stars, politicians, etc.) can spend up to a year in jail, which is raised from six months previously. Fines can also be imposed: $10,000 for the first violation, $20,000 for the second and up to $30,000 for the third. And it also allows the parent or guardian of the child being harassed to seek civil liability.
Looks like, due to Berry’s relentless efforts, the streets will be safer for her daughter and unborn son, as well as celebrity children everywhere. via BET