September 3, 2009
Sabrina was seeing today on September 02, leaving the Petco Store in la Canada Flintridge with a big Eukanuba dog food bag. It was about 8,30 pm and she was noticed by two persistent photographers, or paparazzis. She was alone. She tried to avoid their flash lights but the two men rushed to take some extra snap. According to a sale person, Sabrina looked disturbed by the perseverance and the pushy questions of the two men. Three of the security guards moved to help her but the two paparazzis did not look that dangerous so she eventually entered her Jaguar that had ashes caused by the recent fire in California, and left on an increased speed. This is not the first time Sabrina gets distressed by paparazzis but it seems that there may be a new law that will pass in Los Angeles to protect celebrity's privacy and freedom.
"It's about the paparazzi violating everybody else's rights, freedoms and privileges," Councilman Dennis Zine explained. "What the paparazzi have done is developed a lawless society where the rules don't apply - on the wrong side of the street, jumping out of cars at the red lights, swarming the car, you don't do that!".
Zine is proposing a "personal safety bubble" law to keep what he calls the "opportunists" away from celebrities and the general public on the streets.
"If we think back a few years, Princess Diana was driving down the road, paparazzi chasing," Zine recalls. "A crash occurred, Princess Diana died. I don't want to see that happen here in Los Angeles."
A year after Diana's death and then again in 2005, civil laws were passed in Los Angeles to deter aggressive paparazzi, but no criminal law is yet in place.
"I don't think it wold change things that much," X-17 Vice President Brandy Navarre told "Access." "I mean, the photographers would just stand back a little more."
The photo agency X-17 says that as long as the demand exists, the supply will continue, regardless of a new law.
"Certainly there is the concern that it could trample on first amendment rights," Navarre said.
Zine refutes such claims.
"We are not prohibiting anyone from taking a picture but the matter in which they are getting those pictures," he said.