It's official. Paparazzi will now face serious legal consequences of they continue to photograph children of celebrities without parental consent. Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law on Tuesday, giving many stars like Halle Berry something to rejoice over.
Berry was one of the first celebs to express appreciation for the new law, thanking lawmakers on behalf of her daughter for their decision to do more to protect children. "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," said the actress via press release.
Check out what else she and other celeb parents had to say about the new law and paparazzi in general.
The actress previously shared her and Nahla's experiences with lawmakers saying, "[The paps say], 'How do you feel, Nahla? You may not see your father again. How do you feel about that?' They say curse words and call me names, all trying to provoke some sort of response to sell a photograph."
Garner shared a heartfelt plea with lawmakers when the law was just a bill telling them, "I chose a public life … [but] my three children are private citizens. I love my kids. They’re beautiful and sweet and innocent, and I don’t want a gang of shouting, arguing, lawbreaking photographers who camp out everywhere we are all day every day to continue traumatizing my kids."
The rapper told BBC that he doesn't mind his daughter being photographed so long as a check follows the picture-taking. "I’m changing things for my daughter and I’m going to tell my daughter by the time she understands what it was, ‘Me and your mother were in a completely different situation than you’re in. You see all these checks you’re getting age six because people are taking your picture, you don’t have to worry about a thing ever again just because people want to take your picture, and I made that happen."
Sandra recently hailed the new law telling CNN, "We are fair game, I get it. Children should be allowed to be children and not be sold. You're taking a picture of a child and selling it!"