A new law signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown promises to protect the children of celebrities from invasive photographer tactics.
The California Newspaper Publishers Association and other groups had opposed Senate Bill 606, which increases penalties for harassing children because of their parents’ job, on the grounds that it could restrict reporters and photographers covering the news.
The penalties for harassing children of celebrities would increase from a maximum of six months in jail to a maximum of one year. Potential fines would increase to $10,000, from the current $1,000.
Stars like Jennifer Garner and Halle Berry, who both have children in the paparazzi spotlight, actively promoted the legislation.