Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner are urging California lawmakers to support legislation that would limit the ability of paparazzi to photograph celebrities’ children, according to new claims reported by local media.
Both actresses testified on Tuesday before the Assembly Judiciary Committee on SB696, FOX News reports and if the bill gets passed, this would change the definition of harassment to include photographing a child without the permission of a legal guardian.
Jennifer Garner spoke out on the matter first, saying how paps follow her and her three children daily, saying that at times they are quite “aggressive.”
“Paparazzi swarm, large aggressive men swarm us causing a mob scene yelling jockeying for position crowding around the kids while running over other parents and children unfortunate enough to be nearby, including one poor three-year-old who was knocked to the ground by one of our paparazzi cameras outside my kids preschool,” she says, according to the reports.
“My 17 month old baby is terrified and cries and my four-year-old say why do they never smile and never go away they are always with us.”
It was Halle Berry’s second state Capitol appearance and the pregnant actress told lawmakers that the constant presence of photographers has even made her daughter scared to go to school.
“I fear and I feel in fear for my child who is in strapped into my car,” she said, adding: “I’m doing my part as a parent but at any moment I feel like a crash could happen and end her life my life and other innocent passengers driving in their vehicles.”
She continued: “When I was pregnant with my daughter they forced me to crash my car, they forced me to fall down a flight of steps when I was trying to have a shopping day for my expected baby.”
Garner said the paps also provide possible “stalkers cover.”
“There are violent mentally ill stalkers who can now get close to my kids by simply following mobs of photographers and blending in. Like the very man who threatened to cut the babies out of my belly, who was arrested waiting behind our daughter’s preschool standing among the throng of paparazzi,” she said.
“That man is still in prison but I have doubt there are others still out there like him and I don’t want to make it any easier for them to find and reach my children.”