The public’s fascination with celebrities is endless and it is that fascination that has spawned tabloids and paparazzi. Today more than ever, paparazzi are on a crusade for “THE” Photograph that will bring them fame and fortune.
The struggle, however is the public’s fascination versus the celebrities’ right to privacy; their children’s right to privacy – children who never chose to be in the public eye. It appears the controversy has hit a boiling point and celebrities are speaking up and taking action.
In California, Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner are leading the charge to strengthen laws and penalties against paparazzi who stalk celebrities and their children. The proposed law makes it a crime to “place under surveillance” a celebrity or family member which results in “substantial emotional distress.” On September 3 2014, the proposed law passed both the Senate and Assembly. It awaits the Governor’s signature for enactment into law.
What necessitated such drastic protection for celebrities and their children? The following are the lengths with which one paparazza has gone to hunt a family she has labeled her “prey”:
Alleged trespass on private property in a gated community: Recently paparazza known on twitter as @BarbaraAngelo1 breached the security of a gated community and allegedly trespassed on private property to obtain photographs of Eddie Cibrian and his family. She attempted to sell the photographs to Radar on Line who promptly rejected the photographs citing private property concerns.
So @BarbaraAngelo1 rallied her twitter followers into a feeding frenzy and released the photographs evidencing her entry and her presence at the very home of the celebrity.
Without a shred of remorse or contrition, @BarbaraAngelo1 tweeted that she hid in the back seat of an SUV in order to accomplish her mission.
Clearly someone was driving the SUV that breached security while @BarbaraAngelo1 hid in the back seat.
Crashing a little boy’s birthday party: As if discovering an obsessed paparazza breached security and was on private property to find her “prey” wasn’t enough to cause substantial emotional stress, @BarbaraAngelo1 reveled in tweeting that she had infiltrated the birthday party of Mason’s Cibrian, the son of Eddie Cibrian and Brandi Glanville. She not only took photographs of his celebrity parents but she also tweeted photographs of his friends and the young boy’s conversations with friends and family. @BarbaraAngelo1 rejoiced with her twitter followers about how she was able to get so close to the Cibrian family undetected.
[All children’s faces have been blurred unlike the photographs posted on social media by @BarbaraAngelo1].
As @BarbaraAngelo1 celebrated her deception, the Cibrian Family feared for the safety of their sons. What parent wouldn’t be alarmed to discover a stranger had infiltrated their child’s birthday party; posted photographs and private conversations of the children; and was trying to sell the story to tabloids?
On yet another occasion @BarbaraAngelo1 followed/shadowed Eddie Cibrian, his mother and his young son. She brazenly announced that she was “Chasing Eddie.”
@BarbaraAngelo1 miraculously encountered Cibrian while he ran errands. She posted several photographs while shadowing him.
Then continued to snap and post photographs as Cibrian loaded items into his vehicle. She then shouted at him while his mother and son sat in the vehicle “His ass is huge, Look at it!”
When Cibrian sought to record her shenanigans, she became irate and began screaming at Cibrian in the presence of his mother and his son.
Again, @BarbaraAngelo1 posted the encounter on social media and admitted to shopping tabloids to sell the story.
Why has this woman taken such an obsessive interest in the Cibrian family appearing on their property and allegedly focusing on their children? Do her alarming actions warrant a closer look? Is this how John Hinckley started?
The self proclaimed Boss Bitch rallies a handful of supporters who applaud and encourage her exploits. @BarbaraAngelo1 is no stranger to controversy.
@BarbaraAngelo1 is Jill Ishkanian, the former West Coast editor of US Weekly. After leaving US Weekly, executives accused Ishkanian of allegedly hacking their computers to access stories and information. As a result, the FBI allegedly raided Ishkanian’s home to confiscate her computer. See: USA Today: FBI Probes Hacking Incident at US Weekly
Ishkanian sued US Weekly for making the claims against her. The Court dismissed the lawsuit and awarded US Weekly over $1 million in legal fees. See PageSix of the NYPost: Sleazy Does It: Ishkanian Is Running Out of Money Making Schemes
In 2008, Jill Ishkanian was accused of underhanded tactics regarding photographs of Heather Locklear’s arrest. According to TMZ, an anonymous caller contacted police that Locklear was driving erratically. Before police could arrive, Ishkanian was already negotiating with TMZ for the photographs of the arrest. TMZ wasn’t pleased when it later discovered that the anonymous caller was none other than Ishkanian. Apparently, Ishkanian was following Locklear at the time. See TMZ article: Heather 911 Caller Up To No Good
A source close to the LAPD revealed that earlier today Ishkanian allegedly appeared at Cibrian’s wife’s concert with an unidentified female companion. Due to Ishkanian’s prior actions towards Cibrian and his family, Security refused Ishkanian and her friend entry to the building. A source employed by the venue confirmed that Ishkanian and her friend were offered full refunds for their tickets before they were escorted out by a Sheriff’s officer.
An investigation is long overdue to determine how @BarbaraAngelo1 allegedly trespassed onto private property and how she infiltrated a child’s birthday party.