"Steven Tyler Act": Hawaii Proposes to Protect Celebs From Paparazzi

Bill was named after the Aerosmith frontman for his contributions to the arts in Hawaii and beyond

By Brandi Fowler Feb 05, 2013 4:17 AMTags
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Hawaii state legislature is proposing a new bill, dubbed the "Steven Tyler Act," to protect celebrities who visit the state from the paparazzi.

The bill was named after the Aerosmith frontman in honor of his "contribution to the arts in Hawaii and throughout the world."

Coincidentally, Tyler, who recently purchased a home on Maui, was snapped by paps playing the bongos on the island in nothing but a speedo.

And he isn't the only celeb that has been surprised by the paps in Hawaii.

On- and offscreen couple Lea Michele and Cory Monteith recently dished to E! News' Marc Malkin about their shocking encounter there as well, saying the paps followed them to "one of the most remote locations in the United States."

"[I had] no idea that they were there," Monteith said. "We went for this beautiful hike, valley and everything, and bam, they showed up. It was like, ‘I can't believe you guys followed us all the way here.' And then I was like, ‘Take our picture because you worked so hard for it you deserve it.'"

The government hopes to "encourage celebrities to visit and reside in our State by creating a civil cause of action for the constructive invasion of privacy" with the passing of the bill and promises to hold anyone liable who "captures or intends to capture, in a manner that is offensive to a reasonable person, through any means a visual image, sound recording, or other physical impression of another person while that person is engaging in a personal or familial activity with a reasonable expectation of privacy." 

Those who violate that privacy would be subject to special damages, general damages and "punitive damages up to three times the amount of general and special damages combined."