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Yesterday the state of California passed a bill, 43-13, that would fine photographers up to $5,000 if they "break traffic laws or interfere with the operation of a celebrity's car," reports The Star. Paparazzi could also face up to a year in jail. The bill will become law once signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The above video, which shows paparazzi ambushing Kate Moss and her young daughter while they wait for their car a LAX, was one of the key exhibits in the hearing. Not only is it terrifying to watch the slender supermodel and her child run away from and cower under counters hiding from the paparazzi, but once Moss' van arrives and the police escort her on board, the photographers prevent the van from moving.
Yesterday's bill passed 13 years to the day that Princess Diana was killed in a car accident on a Paris road while being pursued by paparazzi.
· Paparazzi in California could be jailed under new law [The Star]