Halle Berry is "thankful" after Senate Bill 606, which prevents paparazzi from taking pictures of celebrities' children in harassing manners, was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday, September 24 in Sacramento. The "X Men: Days of Future Past" star thanks fellow celebrity mothers Jennifer Garner and Adele in a statement which was released after the bill passed.
"I started this fight with a great deal of hope and a bit of uncertainty so I cannot express my immense gratitude that Gov. Brown has recognized, and acted to remedy, the plight of children who are tormented because of the identity or prominence of their parents," she says, as quoted by E! News. "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," she adds.
"I am forever in awe of the support I got within my community from the enormously talented musician Adele to fellow actor Jennifer Garner who traveled with me to Sacramento to share her children's stories, experience and her desire to give them a better life," Berry says further. She also mentions other people from various professions whose children were "being harassed, tormented or otherwise put in dangerous situations due to their parent's profession."
Paparazzi who take pictures of children whose parent is celebrity or public official in harassing manners may face up to one year in jail and pay $10,000 fine. According to the office of state Sen. Kevin de Leon, the bill's author, the definition of harassment includes "conduct in the course of the actual or attempted recording of children's images and/or voices, without express parental consent, by following their activities or lying in wait."
"Kids shouldn't be tabloid fodder nor the target of ongoing harassment. SB 606 will give children, no matter who their parents are, protection from harassers who go to extremes to turn a buck," de Leon adds.