Supermodel Kate Moss and her children are swarmed and harassed by paparazzi at Los Angeles International Airport. The airport police arrive and position her and her family behind their counter to screen them from the mob of photographers. Without effective laws to limit this kind of harassment, the police are severely limited in their ability to help Ms. Moss and her children.
This Youtube video pushed California to toughen its laws against celebrity photo swarms. The bill was signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, would fine photographers up to $5,000 if they break traffic laws or interfere with the operation of a celebrity’s car. They could also face a year in jail
On August 31, 2010, the California Assembly passed AB 2479 on a margin of 43-13. The bill now goes to Governor Schwarzenegger for his signature. To see a copy of the bill that passed, click HERE.
The California government action came on the 13th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in a car on a Paris highway that was being chased by photographers.
California has passed a series of anti-paparazzi laws and amendments since 1998.