New law cracks down on paparazzi

New law cracks down on paparazzi

Actress Jennifer Garner, right, describes how paparazzi aggressively follow her and her three children daily, while testifying before the Assembly Judiciary Committee in August. Garner and actress Halle Berry, left, urged lawmakers to approve the bill, which changes the definition of harassment to include photographing a child without the permission of a legal guardian. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation intended to crack down on the paparazzi.

The bill increases penalties on those who harass the children of public figures, including taking photos and video of them without consent.

Actresses Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner testified in support of the bill. The actresses said their children are intimidated by aggressive photographers that follow them on a daily basis.

The bill also makes it easier for parents to sue for damages over harassment.

Berry, who is pregnant, also has a 5-year-old daughter.

In a statement, Berry said, “I started this fight with a great deal of hope and a bit of uncertainty so I cannot express my immense gratitude that Governor Brown has recognized, and acted to remedy, the plight of children who are tormented because of the identity or prominence of their parents. 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.”

The law takes effect Jan. 1.

Recent Headlines

in Music

This week’s top rock tracks


LISTEN: This week's top rock songs, according to the latest Billboard chart.

in Entertainment

REVIEW: Veteran cast can’t save ‘The Martian’


It has all the earmarks of a blockbuster, but still can't shake the feeling of missed opportunity.

in Entertainment

WHAT’S ON: New on Netflix, Amazon & Hulu in October


Get your remotes ready for a binge-worthy weekend of new movies and TV shows.

in Entertainment

‘The Walk’ puts audiences on edge


"The Walk," out in theaters on Friday, tells the story of the quirky Philippe Petit and a misty August morning in 1974 when he strung cables between the Twin Towers and walked across the gaping void.

in Music

Eagles of Death Metal release ‘Zipper Down’


The title of the new Eagles of Death Metal album "Zipper Down" might seem racier than it actually is.