‘Steven Tyler Act’ passed by Hawaii to keep pa­parazzi away


With awards sea­son un­der­way, the pa­parazzi are out in full force, try­ing to cap­ture the tro­phy win­ning celebri­ties in their fan­ci­est garb. How­ever, celebrity–friendly states, most re­cently Hawaii, are fight­ing back against in­va­sive pa­parazzi tech­niques in or­der to pro­tect their fa­mous res­i­dents. The Hawaii Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee re­cently passed the “Steven Tyler Act,” an anti–pa­parazzi bill. Ac­cord­ing to the Re­porters Com­mit­tee, the bill has suc­cess­fully passed its first hur­dle to be­com­ing law, and it would take ef­fect on July 1, 2013.

Aero­smith’s lead singer, Steven Tyler, pur­chased a $4.8-mil­lion home on Maui in Jan­uary 2012. Tyler, fed up with the pa­parazzi’s an­tics, ini­ti­ated the bill and tes­ti­fied be­fore the com­mit­tee say­ing that although deal­ing with the pa­parazzi in pub­lic was “part of the deal [but], when I’m in my own home and I’m tak­ing a shower or chang­ing clothes or eat­ing or spend­ing Christ­mas with my chil­dren, and I see pa­parazzi a mile away, shoot­ing at me with lenses this long . . . you know, it hurts.”

The Hawaii leg­is­la­ture found that “some­times the pa­parazzi go too far to dis­turb the peace and tran­quil­lity af­forded celebri­ties who es­cape for a quiet life.” There­fore, the stated pur­pose of the Steven Tyler Act “is to en­cour­age celebri­ties to visit and re­side in our state by cre­at­ing a civil cause of ac­tion for the con­struc­tive in­va­sion of pri­vacy.”

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