VIDEO RELEASE: Actress Halle Berry Details Paparazzi Harassment - SB 606 Increases Penalties & Allows for Civil Action

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


SACRAMENTO, CA –Tuesday, June 25, 2013, Actress Halle Berry testified at the Assembly Public Safety hearing today in support of Senate Bill 606 (De León), which will help to protect the children of all public figures.

“When it comes to my children, or my child, when they are in fear of leaving the house, when they are suffering from nightmares, and feeling that they cannot move in the world in a free and safe way, that is when as a mother, I have to stand up for the rights of my children,” said Ms. Berry. “There is inherent danger to paparazzi’s action in regard to children."

Undeniably, the children of public figures are often the victims of fanatical attention and harassment. And those charged with enforcing our laws—police officers, judges, attorneys—must confront individuals daily who may harbor vendettas against not only them, but also their families. 

“No child, regardless of his or her parent’s occupation, should be subjected to such unwarranted and harmful persecution,” said Senator Kevin de León. “By increasing penalties and authorizing civil actions, SB 606 will have a significant deterrent effect on those who would consider tormenting the most vulnerable and defenseless members of our society.”

In 1994, Assembly Bill 3592 (Umberg) was passed to address the increased harassment faced by the children of health care facility employees where abortion procedures were performed. The beneficiaries of the law, however, were not solely healthcare workers. Although the AB 3592 has been on the books for nearly 20 years, children continue to fall prey to intentional harassment because the law provided for relatively weak penalties.

After Christopher Dorner killed the daughter of a former LAPD Captain, Senator Kevin de León introduced SB 606 to increase the penalties for the intentional harassment of a child because of their parents’ employment.