Calif. Gov. Signs Bill Increasing Paparazzi Protection For Celebrity Children

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Gov. (AP Photo) SACRAMENTO, Calif. Paparazzi and others who harass the children of public figures will face tougher penalties under legislation that California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Tuesday. The bill from state Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, will boost penalties for actions that include taking photos and video of a child without parental consent and in a harassing manner. Celebrities such as actresses Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner urged lawmakers to support SB606. Berry testified before several legislative committees that her daughter has been intimidated by photographers who follow them daily. She said the photographers often shout while they snap pictures. “On behalf of my children, it is my hope that this is the beginning of the end for those overly aggressive paparazzi whose outrageous conduct has caused so much trauma and emotional distress,” Berry said in a statement released by her publicist. The measure also will help protect children of police officers and judges, and other kids who might be susceptible to harassment or unwanted attention due to their parents’ occupations, de Leon said. Berry, who won an Academy Award for her role in “Monster’s Ball,” said she plans to work with other professionals whose children are affected by the statute to ensure local law enforcement officials will vigorously enforce the new provisions.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

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Celebrity birthdays for the week of Sept. 29-Oct. 5

Singer Suzzy Roche of The Roches is 57. Comedian Andrew Dice Clay is 56. Singer-bassist Les Claypool of Primus is 50. Actress Jill Whelan (Love Boat) is 47. Bassist Brad Smith of Blind Melon is 45. Singer Devante Swing of Jodeci is 44. Actress Emily Lloyd is 43. Actress Natasha Gregson Wagner is 43. Actress Rachel Cronin (Ed) is 42. Guitarist Danick Dupelle of Emerson Drive is 40. Guitarist Josh Farro (Paramore) is 26. Actor Doug Brochu (Sonny With a Chance) is 23.

Celebrity Rehab’s Dr. Drew Pinsky Reveals Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

Drew Pinsky recently found himself in that very role reversal over a very serious health matter. Best known for Celebrity Rehab and formerly MTVs Loveline, the board-certified internist and addiction medicine specialist revealed in an exclusive interview with People that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer two years ago. But wait the rest of the news is good! Today, Dr. Drew is cancer free. And just in case you were worried that the good doctors diagnosis affected his sex life with wife Susan, please let us assuage your fears. “The erectile function is normal, sex drive is normal, bladder works normally. And I don’t have to worry about prostate cancer.” Phew! But seriously, were glad to hear Dr. Drew is in the clear. He credits not only the great doctors with whom he entrusted his care, but also his wife, who was there to gently nag him along the way toward good health.