Aeromsith frontman inspiration for paparazzi legislation

Published  10:22 PM HST Jan 31, 2013
Steve Tyler
HONOLULU -

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler could be called the poster child for legislation some are calling the "paparazzi bill."

The bill would give celebrities, or anyone else, extra protection from photographers and reporters who invade their privacy while they vacation in the islands or relax at their vacation homes.

Maui is a popular spot for vacationing celebrities and a state senator who represents the Valley Isle introduced legislation calling it the "Steven Tyler Act."

Sen. Kalani English says Tyler had photographs taken while in his bedroom and said other celebrities complained when snapshots taken with powerful lens were sold to the tabloids.

"I looked carefully at the statutes that were enacted in New York and California because California is home to the movie industry and looked at the constitutional issues and saw there was a strong balance," said English.

The bill has the support of 17 senators.  It's expected to be heard in the Judiciary Committee.

No doubt, all eyes will be watching to see if Tyler turns out to testify.

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