December 10th, 2013
10:30 AM ET

Affleck Reveals Stalker Scare

Actress Jennifer Garner has been a major force behind California's new anti-paparazzi law-which increases the penalties for taking photos that invade a celebrity's right to privacy. She joined Halle Berry in front of the State Assembly in August,  tearfully testifying  to encourage its passing.

Now, Oscar winner husband Ben Affleck reveals why he's so protective of his kids when it comes to the paparazzi.

“In a new interview with Playboy Magazine, Affleck says a man who was allegedly stalking his actress wife, Jennifer Garner, and his family for years... basically used a crowd of paparazzi as cover to stand outside his daughter's pre-school,” reports CNN’s Nischelle Turner.

He says, "They used to take pictures of our children coming out of preschool, and so this stalker who had threatened to kill me, my wife and our kids showed up at the school and got arrested. I mean, there are real practical dangers to this."

Steven Burky was arrested in the 2009 incident, charged with violating a restraining order when police caught him. Burky was found not guilty by reason of insanity and later sent to a mental hospital by a judge, Turner reports.

Affleck explains in the article, he can handle the attention but he says his kids aren't celebrities they deserve a little privacy,

He says, "The tragic thing is, people who see those pictures naturally think it's sweet. They don't see the gigantic former gang member with a huge lens standing over a four-year-old and screaming to get the kid's attention."

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