News

New law cracks down on paparazzi

New law cracks down on paparazzi

Actress Jennifer Garner, right, describes how paparazzi aggressively follow her and her three children daily, while testifying before the Assembly Judiciary Committee in August. Garner and actress Halle Berry, left, urged lawmakers to approve the bill, which changes the definition of harassment to include photographing a child without the permission of a legal guardian. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation intended to crack down on the paparazzi.

The bill increases penalties on those who harass the children of public figures, including taking photos and video of them without consent.

Actresses Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner testified in support of the bill. The actresses said their children are intimidated by aggressive photographers that follow them on a daily basis.

The bill also makes it easier for parents to sue for damages over harassment.

Berry, who is pregnant, also has a 5-year-old daughter.

In a statement, Berry said, “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. 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.”

The law takes effect Jan. 1.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Central Illinois Food Bank Says Need is Great All Year Long

Fresh
foodbank

Executive Director Pam Molitoris says need remains great the entire year.

in Local

T-Mobile Customers May Be Eligible for Refunds

local_news_generic

Court ruling says cellphone company illegally charged customers

in Local

Quinn Appoints Former Budget Director as Comptroller

FILE - In this March 6, 2013 file photo, Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka gestures on the House floor at the state Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Topinka, who won a second term in November 2014, died early Wednesday morning, Dec. 10, 2014, less than 24 hours after having a stroke, according to her office. She was 70. Topinka previously served three terms as Illinois state treasurer, was a former Illinois GOP chairwoman and ran for governor in 2006.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is scheduled to announce the successor to late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka at a Friday event in Chicago.

in Local

Deputies to Be More Visible in Rural Areas

sangamon county sheriff

Barr wants his department on the country roads more