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Actresses Plead For Protection From Paparazzi

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  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.
   
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