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    Stalk This! Halle Berry’s Anti-Paparazzi Law Passes
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    Score one for Halle Berry.

    The 47-year-old pregnant actress has been on a mission to get an anti-paparazzi bill passed in California to impose tougher penalties on photographers who harass celebrities and their children. On Tuesday, her hard work paid off when Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 606 into law.


    In the law, which goes into effect on January 1, 2014, a paparazzo convicted of harassing a minor who has been singled out due to his or her parent's profession (famous actors, singers, reality TV stars, politicians, etc.) can spend up to a year in jail, which is raised from six months previously. Fines can also be imposed: $10,000 for the first violation, $20,000 for the second, and up to $30,000 for the third. And it also allows the parent or guardian of the child being harassed to seek civil liability.

    The term "harassment" has also been clarified. According to the office of state Sen. Kevin de León, who sponsored the bill and worked with Berry to pass it, it now 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."

    Also clarified in the law is that "transmitting, publishing or broadcasting a child's image and/or voice does not constitute a violation," which had been a First Amendment concern. So journalists taking photos or reporting on news aren't impacted and it instead targets those people being aggressive and stalking.

    "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," said "The Call" star, who is mom to a 5-year-old daughter, Nahla, and is expecting a son with husband Olivier Martinez this fall. "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.

    "This started as just a hope and a wish for my daughter. I never thought that I could take it this far and find such amazing partners along the way."

    Berry, who has had so much trouble with pesky paps that she wanted to move to Europe, went on to thank some of those partners, including Senator de León, her legal team, and some other Hollywood stars who have been impacted by the harassment.

    "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," the Academy Award winner said in a statement. "I'm grateful to Nia Vardalos and the numerous parents who work as actors, musicians, as well as professionals in medicine, mental health, lawyers, judges, and cops who have experienced their children being harassed, tormented or otherwise put in dangerous situations due to their parent's profession and therefore lent their support."

    She concluded by saying, "It is for all of us that I rejoice today and hope that this fight will continue and that the proper enforcement of this law will truly make a positive impact on the daily lives of all children."

    Berry says she'll spend the next few months until the law goes into effect working closely with other professionals whose children are affected by this law to ensure that local police, sheriffs, and prosecutors vigorously enforce this new statute. And no doubt she'll breathe a sigh of relief when her son is born knowing she's helped make his life a little better.

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    Well good for her. The sooner she fades from sight, the better. And her ugly kid, too. Kudos, Nutbag.
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    I can't stand her, but I'm glad this law passed. I don't believe for a second that these paps are journalists or photographers in any sense at all. They are stalkers and very scary.
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    They're like buzzing gnats only much more annoying.
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    So paps can still photograph the kids, but they can't harass or stalk them. I take that to mean that if celeb kid is walking down the street with celeb parent, a photo can be taken and published. But the paps can't hide in the bushes outside celeb kid's school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CornFlakegrl View Post
    So paps can still photograph the kids, but they can't harass or stalk them. I take that to mean that if celeb kid is walking down the street with celeb parent, a photo can be taken and published. But the paps can't hide in the bushes outside celeb kid's school.
    You'd think these a-holes had never heard of a zoom lens. That would let you take a photograph from a discreet distance. Instead, we have a bunch of guys who apparently only own 50 mm lenses and who feel they have to take their shots from about 5 feet away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MohandasKGanja View Post
    You'd think these a-holes had never heard of a zoom lens. That would let you take a photograph from a discreet distance. Instead, we have a bunch of guys who apparently only own 50 mm lenses and who feel they have to take their shots from about 5 feet away.
    I think these guys enjoy what they do. I think the majority of them are just creeps who get off on making the celebs feel uncomfortable. I can't imagine that pictures of celeb kids we see every day can bring in that much cash, so it really can't be the money anymore.

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    The Showbiz section of The Daily Mail is littered with photos of celebrities and their children with the Berry-Aubry and Garrner-Affleck spawn being well-represented. I doubt if this will be any different on January 2, 2014. This law seems targeted at the paps who cross the line, but I think they are the minority, and most paps have cultivated cordial, if not chummy, relationships with the celebrities they photograph.

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    ^Hardly. Maybe a few have paid paps in their pockets (hello Falcor!) but there are pics that show celebrity families seemingly walking down the street alone but from another angle there are dozens of paps banked up around them.
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    So does this mean the end of the Celebrity Offspring Thread? lol
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