WMFD TV

Search Archive WMFD.com News

www.wmfd.com - Dramatic testimony from two Hollywood stars in California, as Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner gave emotional statements at a hearing over celebrity photographers. }}" />

   
 
 
Actresses Plead For Protection From Paparazzi

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
  Email Story to Friend
   
  Original Published: 8/15/2013 Dramatic testimony from two Hollywood stars in California. Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner gave emotional statements at a hearing over celebrity photographers. The celebrity moms described a nightmare of constant surveillance, with paparazzi aggressively trying to snap shots of their children. Nischelle Turner reports. "I love my kids," says actress Jennifer Garner. "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." In an emotional appearance in front f California lawmakers, Hollywood A-listers Jennifer Garner and Halle Berry asked for better protection for their children from paparazzi cameras. "We aren't just whiny celebrities," says Berry. "We're moms who are just trying to protect our children." Garner and 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. In recent years, the children of celebrities have become unintentionally famous in their own right. Suri, Maddox and Apple are known on a first-name basis, much like their parents. Photos of the children of celebrities have become big business for photographers who sell them to an ever-growing pool of entertainment magazines and web sites at top dollar. "My children aren't actors or celebrities," says Garner. "They're just kids like yours or anyone else's. And just like you want to protect your children, I want to protect mine." The celebrity moms want to draw a line. "What we're asking them to do is take these pictures with some dignity, to take these pictures and not harass our children," says Berry. Some media organizations opposing the legislation say it could infringe upon the ability of journalists to cover news in California. It was approved by the state assembly's judiciary committee Tuesday, but several steps remain before it would go into law.
   
  MORE RECENT NEWS
 
Image1 Guard your personal identity information with your life, or you could end-up like the victim in a case which has resulted in the indictment of 28-year-old Robert Hardesty of Mansfield. Full Story
Image1 The children's room in the main Mansfield-Richland County Public Library is about to undergo a face lift. Full Story
 
Image1 Ford Hill Pool on Cardinal Avenue in Mansfield has been sold. Full Story
Image1 The Mansfield Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) annual membership drive is underway and will end Aug. 16 with cookout from 1 to 5 p.m. at North Lake Park. Full Story
  MORE NEWS
 

NAACP annual membership drive underway

MCS kindergarten camp Aug. 11-15

Ontario beautification winners announced

Matt Sauder Memorial Ride To Be Held August 2

WIC Discusses Survey And Customer Service

A Scientific Summer Offered At Marvin Memorial Library

OSU-Mansfield/NC State Celebrate Internship Program

RCT Board Reviews Fare Increase Impact On Ridership

Ohio Governor Candidate Ed Fitzgerald Makes Local Visit

First United Methodist Church Puts On Community Picnic

Farm To Plate Program Features Local Chefs

STOP Shelter Holds Kitten Shower

More News