Steven Tyler on Hawaii's 'Steven Tyler Act': 'Now I Can Walk Around Naked'

State passes anti-paparazzi law at Aerosmith singer's urging

March 13, 2013 10:15 AM ET
Steven Tyler
Steven Tyler
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Steven Tyler can feel more comfortable at his favorite vacation spot now that Hawaii has passed a law known as the "Steven Tyler Act." The measure gives stars protection from paparazzi and allows them to sue over intrusive photos or recordings taken of them in the state. The Aerosmith singer had originally proposed the bill to Senator Kalani English after unwanted images of him and his family hanging in Maui were published last December.

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"[In Hawaii], they are allowed in with their lenses and they get the most intimate of shots, which is what they are really looking for to make money. Not on my watch!" Tyler told Billboard. The former American Idol judge noted his oceanside home "doesn't even have windows" and that photographers also pester his children. "They chase my kids and get in the way of traffic . . . We almost got in an accident and so before it happens, you want to do something about it. They're just looking for a taste of blood. They're not gonna get it."

Twenty-three of Hawaii's 25 Senate members voted in favor of the bill, according to the Associated Press, and the measure will now go to the House for consideration. "Now at least Joe [Perry] and I can go to Maui and walk around naked in the back lawn and write some crazy songs," Tyler joked.

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