California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a measure that will provide protection to young actors in Hollywood by banning registered sex offenders from representing minors in the entertainment industry, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The law also requires criminal background checks for adults with unsupervised access to young performers, such as managers, publicists and photographers, the story notes.
The measure came about after the Los Angeles Times reported that a convicted child molester was casting child actors in films and that a manager representing youngsters was convicted of felony child molestation, the story notes.
“Until now, only agents and studio teachers have been subjected to fingerprinting and background checks,” the report notes. “Advocates had been urging more rigorous screening for years, but used the recent incidents to argue for stronger laws.”