Pregnant actress Halle Berry appeared before a legislative committee in California on Tuesday (25Jun13) to testify in support of a new anti-paparazzi bill preventing snappers from taking pictures of celebrity children.
The Monster's Ball star has frequently clashed with photographers, and she has taken particular issue with members of the media camped outside her daughter's school waiting to get photos of the Oscar winner.
Speaking before the Assembly Committee on Public Safety at the Capitol in Sacramento, she revealed that her five-year-old daughter Nahla no longer wanted to go to class because of the presence of the paparazzi.
She told the lawmakers, "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."
Berry said she was speaking out as a "mother of a daughter and the baby boy in my belly" and added, "If it (the law) passes, the quality of my life and my children's lives will be dramatically changed."
Her testimony helped to win the bill the approval of the Committee members and it will now be passed to officials on the Assembly Judiciary Committee to clarify the language of the law which will limit the ability of the paparazzi to snap images of the children of celebrities and public figures without the permission of a legal guardian.