*Jennifer Garner is crediting Halle Berry 100 percent for the passage of a new bill in California aimed at protecting children of celebrities from the prying lenses of paparazzi.
In August, the two actresses testified before the California State Assembly Committee on Public Safety in support of Senate Bill 606, which imposes tougher penalties on cameramen who constantly tail public figures and their kids. The bill also makes it easier for parents to sue for damages over harassment.
Last week that bill was signed into law, and Garner gives all the credit to Berry.
“This is all about Halle,” she said on the Today show this morning. “I have to say, my husband and I, as much as we have wished for this, we truly were resigned to thinking that this was never gonna happen.
“We had looked at all different things: moving out of California, you know, all manners of things. I think that there’s an idea, that because our pictures are everywhere, that we’re complicit in it, when really what happens is they’re waiting outside our door every single day. I can’t go to the mailbox without getting my picture taken.
“What we’re hoping is our kids’ day-to-day experience will not be of really aggressive men yelling and screaming five feet from their faces. My kids take karate, for example, and we have our classes at the same time every week, so the guys know when we have karate and so 20 of them wait there for us, every single class. So that’s a lot of energy coming at little, little kids.”