The Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has appeared at a legislative hearing in Hawaii on a bill that bears his name and would limit people’s freedom to take photos and videos of celebrities.
The state’s Senate Judiciary Committee was considering the so-called Steven Tyler Act yesterday morning, the first time lawmakers will discuss the bill publicly.
A publicist for the former American Idol judge said Tyler, right, submitted written testimony supporting the bill, which would allow people to collect damages from someone who photographs them in an offensive way during their personal or family time.
“The paradise of Hawaii is a magnet for celebrities who just want a peaceful vacation,” Tyler told journalists.
“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.”
More than a dozen celebrities, including Britney Spears, have submitted testimony supporting the bill.