According to LA Times, Halle Berry will be taking the stand today to speak in favor of a bill limiting just how much the paparazzi can photograph.
Senator Kevin de Leon authored the bill to help protect the children of public officials. The bill tweaks the definition of harassment to “activity that “seriously alarms, annoys, torments, or terrorizes” a person — to include photographing or recording a child without the permission of a legal guardian.”
The Oscar-award winning actress has had more than one explosive run-in with the paparazzi bombarding her daughter, Nahla, in a variety of places, most notably earlier this year at an airport and she seems to have had enough.
In an EXTRA! interview, Halle had this to say when asked about how celebrities can protect their children:
“I’ve been struggling with it for years. There are no laws here to protect our children… I think I’m gonna call Obama and say, ‘Look, can you help us? I know this seems like a little, little issue to you right now but it’s big in our lives, at this school and our children need to be protected… I hate that I lost my cool but I’m human, that happens when it comes to my daughter. I’m ferocious.”
I have to admit, though I knew the paparazzi could be annoying, watching a small clip of Halle fighting with Paparazzi in the airport earlier this year and seeing how relentless they were even in the presence of a small child made me absolutely angry for Halle Berry and other public figures like her who are simply trying to make a living doing what they love but they can’t protect their children from such incessant leeches.
I hope that the legislature is passed with Halle Berry’s testimony because no child should have to suffer because of their parents’ success.
What do you think? Do celebrities have a right to protect their children from paparazzi or should they suck it up and deal with it as public figures?