California governor signs bill on tough penalties for paparazzi
SACRAMENTO, California (AP) - Paparazzi and others who harass the children of public figures will face tougher penalties under legislation that California Governor Jerry Brown signed on Tuesday.
The bill sponsored by state Senator Kevin de Leon will boost penalties for actions that include taking photos and video of a child without consent and in a harassing manner.
Celebrities such as actresses Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner urged lawmakers to support the bill. Ms Berry testified before several legislative committees that her daughter has been intimidated by aggressive photographers who follow them daily, often shouting as they snap pictures.
The measure also will help protect the children of police officers, judges and others, who might be susceptible to harassment or unwanted attention due to their parents' occupations, Mr de Leon said.