Halle Berry‘s been giving court testimony in front of the Assembly Committee on Public Safety in California in an effort to get a judge to put a law into place that prohibits paparazzi from getting all up in celebrities’ faces, particularly when they have kids with them. Apparently her daughter Nahla was pretty scared of photographers and Halle thinks kids shouldn’t have to live in fear, which I can dig.
Here’s part of her testimony (via DS):
“My daughter doesn’t want to go to school because she knows ‘the men’ are watching for her.
“They jump out of the bushes and from behind cars and who knows where else, besieging these children just to get a photo.”
Berry also said that Nahla was left distressed when paparazzi became involved in an altercation with herself and Martinez.
“They were trying to start a fight with my fiancé because if they get a photo of that, it’s more money,” the X-Men star recalled.
“[Nahla] asked, ‘Mommy, are they going to kill us?’ She didn’t get to sleep until 3am, because she can’t get this out of her mind and she doesn’t understand what just happened to her.”
The committee approved the measure and it’s being moved to the Assembly Judiciary Committee for further discussion. I see where Halle’s coming from here – especially considering that she’s currently pregnant – but it’s difficult to regulate that industry when celebrities are VERY well compensated for their “lifestyle”. Paparazzi are kind of part of the deal. That doesn’t give a photographer the right to do anything dangerous and invasive, by any means, but I’d let people take unflattering photos of me for the millions of dollars I have at my disposal at all times.