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April 16, 2014

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Steven Tyler, Mick Fleetwood Testify In Support Of Hawaii Privacy Bill

Steven Tyler, Mick Fleetwood Testify In Support Of Hawaii Privacy Bill

Steven Tyler is actively backing legislation that bears his name in Hawaii. The "Hawaiian Reporter" says Tyler as well as Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood were on hand to testify in favor of the "Steven Tyler Act" last Friday. The new privacy legislation was introduced by Maui Senator Kalani English at the rocker's request. The bill would make it illegal for someone to photograph or tape people when they are "engaging in a personal or familial activity with a reasonable expectation of privacy." In his testimony Tyler admitted that being a celebrity means living in the public eye. But he explained that "it hurts" when he sees someone snapping a photo of him when he's showering, dressing, or celebrating a special occasion with his family, and that picture ends up in a magazine. He added that the invasion of privacy has made his kids reluctant to do things with him, and this past Christmas was "one of the first times" that he was able to celebrate the holiday as a family.

Mick Fleetwood, who made Maui his home ten years ago, admitted that after being in Hawaii for so long he's "immune to it to some extent." But he said he agreed with Tyler, and is supporting the Aerosmith frontman because "enough is enough." Tyler's attorney Dina LaPolt helped draft the legislation, because technology has enabled the paparazzi to become much more invasive from a much further distance. She also testified, saying her goal was to give celebrities "peace of mind." Numerous other stars, including Motley Crue's Tommy Lee, Guns N' Roses' Dizzy Reid, Quiet Riot's Franike Banali, and Ozzy, Sharon, Kelly, and Jack Osbourne, have also submitted testimony in favor of the bill. Those who oppose the measure say it violates freedom of speech rights.


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