Jennifer Garner gave the paparazzi a taste of their own medicine over the weekend when she turned her camera phone lens on one pesky photographer who was trying to film her kids.
Garner, 41, was shopping at a farmer's market in Pacific Palisades, Calif., Sunday with her three children when one particularly pushy paparazzo wouldn’t stop filming the family, according to E! Online.
So the actress decided to do something about it. Garner whipped out her phone and pointed the camera directly in the shutterbug's face, snapping away.
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Garner, who is married to actor Ben Affleck, has spearheaded the celebrity effort to lobby California's lawmakers for stricter anti-paparazzi laws. Last month, she and actress Halle Berry testified in front of the Assembly Judiciary Committee.
"I am an actress, but I am a mom first," Garner told the committee.
"Being stalked has been hard for me, but it's beyond what a child should have to endure. The price paid for pictures of celebrity children is now absurdly high. They have a bounty on their heads every day. Literally every day there are as many as 15 cars of photographers waiting outside our home. Large, aggressive men swarm us, causing a mob scene, yelling, jockeying for position, crowding around the kids.
"My children aren't actors or celebrities, they are just kids like your kids or anyone else's," Garner continued. "And just like you want to protect your children, I want to protect mine."
Garner tearfully recounted one time when a stalker trailed her as she dropped her daughter off at school.
"I chose a public life," she said. "My three children are private citizens. I love my kids. They're beautiful and sweet and innocent, and I don't want a gang of shouting, arguing, lawbreaking photographers who camp out everywhere we are all day, every day, to continue traumatizing my kids."
The proposed bill would change the legal definition of harassment to include photographing or recording a child without the permission of a legal guardian.
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