Hilary Duff is standing up for her family’s right to privacy.
The Younger star took to her Instagram Stories on Friday to document three people she claimed were photographers trailing her and her son Luca, 7, and daughter Banks, 1.
“Here I am, just trying to get around with both my kids, and I have paparazzi following me everywhere I go,” Duff, 32, said in a series of Instagram videos. “Two grown men — three actually. One’s running away across the street. Just following me and my kids to every location I go to. In a world where women are getting all these rights, this doesn’t seem right to me, at all. At all. All day long.”
Duff also turned the camera on her son. “How much do you like when the paparazzi follows you?” she asked the boy. “Makes you sad, huh? You hate it.”
Last year, while pregnant, Duff shared a video on Instagram of a man she claimed was following her and taking her photograph. “This guy has been at my son’s soccer game this morning then followed me to my sisters house and was basically parked in her drive way to get photos,” Duff wrote on Instagram, adding, “I politely asked him to let me be and he continues to follow and stalk me down like pray for hours now. This is not ok. I am 9 months pregnant.”
The star claimed that the same circumstances involving a non-famous person would have demanded law enforcement.
Other celebs have complained about the press — in April, Scarlett Johansson was pursued while she was a passenger in a car, after a taping of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The outlet published a statement from Johansson’s rep which mentioned the death of Diana, Princess of Wales from a fatal car crash in 1997.
The statement read in part, “The paparazzi put people’s lives at risk, so they can wait for days in quiet neighborhoods in blacked out cars, and try to follow me to the playground and photograph my child and other people’s children in a safe place that should be off limits, but isn’t. All of this is perfectly legal. After yesterday’s incident, I felt it was my duty as a concerned citizen who was being pursued dangerously and stalked to go to the local precinct and seek guidance there. I would encourage others in a similar situation to go to the police. Women across the US are stalked, harassed and frightened and a universal law to address stalking must be at the forefront of law enforcement conversations. Until paparazzi are considered by the law for the criminal stalkers they are, it’s just a waiting game before another person gets seriously injured or killed, like Princess Diana.”
And according to Today, Kristen Bell once confronted a photographer while picking up her daughter at preschool, knocking on his car window. “Hi. My name’s Kristen,” she reportedly said. “Do you realize how much you are putting my kids at risk…” then convinced him to delete the footage.
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