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Aug 14, 2013 3:03 PM by Nikai Salcido

Celebrity A-listers ask for help protecting kids from paparazzi

Actresses Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner testified at a hearing before the California State Assembly Committee on Public Safety on Tuesday, supporting an anti-paparazzi bill that would criminalize photographers who take pictures of children without their permission.

"I love my kids," said Garner, who has three children with filmmaker/actor Ben Affleck. "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."

Berry said that her 5-year-old daughter, Nahla, doesn't want to go to preschool any more because of the grown men camping outside of the school.

The Motion Picture Association of America, journalists and publishers have protested that the inability to take photos of children could prevent them from gathering the news.

However, Senate Bill 606 would change the legal definition of "harassment" to include the photography or recording of a child without a parent or legal guardian's permission.

The bill passed unanimously and is now going to the appropriations committee.

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