Two of Hollywood’s brightest stars appeared in front of California lawmakers yesterday, asking for better protection for their children from paparazzi cameras.
A-list moms Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner gave emotional statements at the hearing, describing a nightmare of constant surveillance with paparazzi aggressively trying to snap shots of their children.
"I love my kids,” Jennifer Garner says. “They're beautiful and sweet and innocent, and I don't want a gang of shouting, arguing, law-breaking photographers who camp out everywhere we are, all day, every day to continue traumatizing my kids."
"We aren't just whiny celebrities,” Halle Berry says. “We're moms here, who are just trying to protect our children."
While there are laws on the books protecting the privacy of celebrities, these actresses say they don’t go far enough.
“Garner & Berry testified before the California Assembly Judiciary Committee in support of a bill that would increase paparazzi penalties and broaden the definition of harassment to include photographing a child without the permission of a legal guardian,” CNN's Nischelle Turner reports.
“Some media organizations oppose the legislation, saying that it could infringe on the ability of journalists to cover news in California,” Turner says.
“This was approved by the State' Assembly's Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, but there still several steps that remain before it would go into law.”