Steven Tyler behind anti-paparazzi bill in Hawaii
Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler is set to attend a legislative hearing in Hawaii on Friday, February 8, on a bill that would limit people's freedom to take photos and video of celebrities.
The bill, which has been dubbed the Steven Tyler Act, will be considered by Hawaii's Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday morning, according to The Associated Press. It was reportedly written by the singer's manager, according to ABC News.
If passed, the bill would allow people to collect damages from someone who photographs them in an offensive way during their personal or family time. It would also impose liability on photographers who use zoom lenses or audio devices to capture photos or audio of the celebs in their homes or other private places.
"The paradise of Hawaii is a magnet for celebrities who just want a peaceful vacation," Tyler, who owns a multimillion-dollar home in Maui, said in a statement to The Associated Press. "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."
Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne, Neil Diamond, Tommy Lee and the Osborne family have submitted letters with the same text supporting the bill.
However, critics of the bill say it could be unconstitutional. Laurie Temple, an attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, claims the bill would punish freedoms of expression protected by the First Amendment.