RANDY PENCH / rpench@sacbee.com

Halle Berry, left, and Jennifer Garner sit in the gallery Tues- day before testifying before the Assembly Judiciary Committee in favor of bill limiting paparazzi access to children.

The Buzz: Hollywood drama plays out in legislative committee

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 - 8:59 am

The Assembly Judiciary Committee, a panel that normally deals with issues like tort liability, was the venue Tuesday for some serious Hollywood baby mama drama.

Actresses Jennifer Garner and Halle Berry described a stalking episode and a custody battle as they spoke in support of SB 606, a bill that would restrict the ability of paparazzi to photograph children.

Garner choked back tears as she told of a stalker who threatened to "cut the babies out of my belly."

He "was arrested, waiting behind our daughter's preschool, standing among the throng of paparazzi," she said. "That man is still in prison but I have no doubt there are others like him still out there, and I don't want to make it any easier for them to find and reach my children."

Halle Berry, visibly pregnant, complained that photographers are too aggressive in their pursuit of pictures of her daughter.

"I went through a custody battle with her father recently, trying to move to France to remove my family from this, and the paparazzi would say things like, 'Oh how do you feel, Nahla? You might not see your father again. How do you feel about that?' Inappropriate things to say to a child."

In the end, the stars and their stories were persuasive. The measure passed unanimously out of committee over objections from media groups who said it would interfere with legitimate news gathering.

– Laurel Rosenhall

MONEY WATCH

A sizable chunk of the California Legislative Women's Caucus will travel to Yolo County today for a fundraiser channeling money toward the Women in Power PAC, an organization that seeks to get more women elected.

More than 20 female lawmakers are on the guest list for the Clarksburg shindig, for which tickets run from $1,500 to $5,000 a person.

– Jeremy B. White

WORTH REPEATING

"Whatever labor wants, labor will get."

SEN. LELAND YEE, D-San Francisco, speaking at a rally for AB 241, a bill to give more rights to domestic workers

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