“Famous Parents, Famous Problems” Airing on “20/20″ Friday, August 16 at 10 PM on ABC

By Nicole Enberg

Aug 15, 2013 4:45pm

From Hollywood actresses making public pleas to protect their kids from aggressive paparazzi, to other celebrities’ very public and tumultuous child custody battles, many of this week’s headlines have centered on the personal lives of A-list stars and their children. This week “20/20″takes a closer look at “Famous Parents, Famous Problems,” exploring how and why celebrity children often fall victim to the celebrity obsessed culture that surrounds them. “Famous Parents, Famous Problems” airs on “20/20″ on FRIDAY, AUGUST 16 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. Reports include:

  • Kid Stalkerazzi: Nick Watt reports on Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner’s emotional testimony in front of the California legislature this week as they described their encounters with the relentless paparazzi that make no excuses for their endless pursuit of celebrity kids. Nick Watt goes on a lively joy-ride with a well-noted paparazzo to see first-hand how they hunt their pint-sized celebrity prey.
  • Custody Battles: Hollywood Style: Usher’s ex-wife Tameka Raymond sits down for an exclusive interview about her son’s recent near-drowning accident and her strategy to establish full child custody. Dan Abrams reports on the very public and ugly collateral damage that is caused when celebrity kids take center stage in a grizzly battle of tug of war.
  • That’s My Boy!: What happens when a celebrity donates his sperm and then decides he wants to raise a child? A lot of tabloid headlines – and maybe even precedent-setting legislation – get written. Actor Jason Patric opens up to David Muir in a new interview about his struggle to be not just a donor, but a father to his son Gus.
  • Kids Tweet the Darndest Things: For a generation of celebrity kids who have no filter, social media is the new public confessional. From Paris Jackson’s online breakdown to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son tweeting about his own father’s extra-marital affair and celebrity kids outing the real-life excess of their parents’ lives on Instagram – their parents may be the Hollywood stars, but these kids know how to find and shock their own audience.  Chris Connelly reports.

“20/20″ is anchored by Elizabeth Vargas and David Muir.  David Sloan is executive producer.

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