Steven Tyler to testify in Hawaii on anti-paparazzi law
Steven Tyler of Aerosmith performs on NBC's "Today" at Rockefeller Plaza on November 2, 2012, in New York. / Getty
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler plans to attend a legislative hearing in Hawaii on Friday over a bill that bears his name and would limit people's freedom to take photos and video of celebrities.
Hawaii's Senate Judiciary Committee plans to consider the so-called Steven Tyler Act Friday morning, the first time lawmakers will discuss the bill publicly.
"The paradise of Hawaii is a magnet for celebrities who just want a peaceful vacation," Tyler said in a statement emailed 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."
More than a dozen celebrities have submitted testimony supporting the bill, including Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne, Neil Diamond, Tommy Lee and the Osborne family.
Opponents say the bill could be unconstitutional.
Laurie Temple, an attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, said Thursday the bill would punish freedoms of expression protected by the First Amendment.
The bill would open up photographers, videographers and distributors to civil lawsuits if they take, sell or disseminate photos or videos of someone during private or family moments "in a manner that is offensive to a reasonable person."
The bill doesn't specify whether public places, like Hawaii's beaches, would be exempt. The bill says it would apply to people who take photos from boats or anywhere else within ocean waters.
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