SACRAMENTO -- Actress Halle Berry painted a portrait of a life under siege Tuesday as she testified in favor of legislation that would increase limits on paparazzi.
The bill, SB 606, is intended to protect children of celebrities and public officials from harassment.
Berry told a panel of lawmakers that her 5-year-old daughter is constantly afraid to leave the house for school, play dates or shopping.
"[Photographers] jump out of bushes, they jump out of cars, they come from behind buildings, who knows where they come from," she said. "They cause chaos, they cause fear."
Particularly traumatizing, she said, was an encounter at Los Angeles International Airport in April, when photographers swarmed Berry, her fiance and her daughter.
"Are they trying to kill us?" she recalled her daughter asking.
The Assembly Public Safety Committee approved the bill, which would modify the definition of harassment -- meaning activity that "seriously alarms, annoys, torments or terrorizes" a person -- to include photographing or recording a child without the permission of a legal guardian.