The A-list actress has expressed her anger over paparazzi harassment to an Assembly Committee in a California court room
Halle Berry has appeared in court in California to testify in favour of an anti-harassment law.
The A-list actress spoke to the Assembly Committee on Public Safety in California to offer her support for the introduction of a bill to limit the power the paparazzi has to photograph children.
Halle, who is pregnant with her second child, told of her five-year-old daughter’s constant fear that photographers would take her picture. She said: ‘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.’
The actress also described the time that the paparazzi become involved in a stand-off with her fiance, Olivier Martinez. She said: ‘They were trying to start a fight with my fiancé because if they get a photo of that, it’s more money.
‘[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 voted in favour of the bill, which will change the definition of harassment when photographers take pictures or video footage of children without their parents’ permission. It will also change the penalties for those convicted.
The bill will now be referred to the Assembly Judiciary Committee for further scrutiny.