(NEW YORK) — Steven Tyler has had enough of the paparazzi and he’s lending his star power — and his name — to a new law in Hawaii that seeks to limit photographers’ ability to snap the stars.
The so-called “Steven Tyler Act,” initiated by the Aerosmith rocker himself and written by his manager Dina LaPolt, would provide a legal remedy for celebrities who are photographed by paparazzi while involved in “personal or familial activity.”
The anti-paparazzi bill goes beyond what some states already have in place to protect celebs. More than just a limit on invasion of privacy, the law would impose liability on paps who use zoom lenses or audio devices to grab and then sell images or audio of stars who are in their homes or inside other private places.
Hawaii Senate Bill 465 is being presented at a Senate hearing in Honolulu on Friday and Tyler will be on hand, as will fellow rocker and Hawaii resident Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac. The bill already enjoys support from two-thirds of the Senate.
“The paradise of Hawaii is a magnet for celebrities who just want a peaceful vacation,” Tyler said in a statement. “As a person in the public eye, I know the paparazzi are there and we have to accept that. But when they intrude into our private space, disregard our safety and the safety of others, that crosses a serious line that shouldn’t be ignored.”
The bill reportedly has the support of a slew of other celebrities, including Avril Lavigne, Tommy Lee, Britney Spears, and Ozzy Osbourne and his family.
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