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Hilary Duff Stands Up to Paparazzi: 'This is Stalking Minors'

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By Beca Dalimonte

Hilary Duff is fed up with paparazzi - and for good reason!

The Younger star took to Instagram this Saturday after confronting a photographer who was taking pictures at her child's soccer game. "Paparazzi shooting KIDS" she wrote, "Go “practice” your photography on ADULTS! Creep! Laws need to change! This is stalking minors! Disgusting!"

The accompanying video documented she and the photographer's exchange at the soccer game where she questions him on who he's at the game with and if he knows anyone who's on the team.

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"I’m here with me," the photographer insists to Duff before telling her that it's legal to take photos of the kids' game. Duff replies that his presence was making her "really uncomfortable," which prompts the man to show her his identification.

“I’m not asking you to show me ID," Duff explains. "I’m asking you to stop taking pictures of our 7-year-old children if you don’t know anyone that’s here. I’m asking you, human to human, as a mother, if you don’t know anyone here can you please stop taking pictures of our children playing football this morning."

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The photographer didn't back down, insisting that what he was doing was legal and he was just "practicing photography." He told her that her "paranoia factor is unwarranted."

"No, it’s just an uncomfortability factor that these are 7-year-old children and you don’t have a child here," Duff corrected. "I will just post this to my 15 million followers on Instagram, and let people know how creepy it is that this is what you choose to do on your Saturday morning."

This comment prompted the photographer to shove his hand in front of Duff's camera, which ends the recording.

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The post has gotten a lot of attention from celebrities who understood Duff's frustrations.

Shameless star Emmy Rossum wrote simply "Children should be protected under the law," while Busy Philips replied "THIS IS INFURIATING. This isn't about his job or his "rights". This is about his OWN perceived POWER over others. I imagine it's the only time this pathetic person feels any power in his life. I know it's illegal for an adult not with a child to be inside a playground- how is taking pictures of children without parental consent legal?!??"

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This isn't the first time Hilary Duff has confronted paparazzi for coming after her children either. This past December the former Disney Channel star posted that the paparazzi were "following her everywhere [she goes]" on her Instagram stories.

"Two grown men — three actually. One’s running away across the street," she said in a series of videos. "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."

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