The so-called Steven Tyler Act was approved after the rockers said they wanted to fiercely protect what little privacy they have as public figures. The bill gives people the ability to sue photographers who take photos or video of their private lives in an “offensive way”, such as using telephoto lenses or other advanced equipment to record them on their private property.
Tyler approached Senator Kalani English to help introduce the measure originally written by Tyler’s attorney, but later revised to include language from California’s current statute regulating the activities of so-called paparazzi.
The California law was passed in 1998 after the death of Princess Diana, and amended in 2009. The amended law permits lawsuits against media outlets that pay for photos they knew were obtained in a questionable manner. In addition to restrictions around the use of “advanced equipment”, the California measure includes penalties for reckless behavior while attempting to get photos or video of a celebrity.
Tyler had his attorney, Dina LaPolt, craft the bill after he was photographed with his girlfriend while in his Hawaiian home. The photograph was later published in a national magazine and reported that the two were getting married. Tyler told the Associated Press, “It caused a ripple in my family, I hadn’t told anybody.”
According to the former “American Idol” judge, he says his kids won’t even go anywhere with him in Hawaii because of the threat photographers pose.
The drummer from Fleetwood Mac, says he’s used the attention, but said it’s a “grim reality,” going on to say, “The islands shouldn’t represent this to people coming here.”
The bill was opposed by the National Press Photographers Association, Society of Professional Journalists, Associated Press Media Editors, and the American Society of News Editors, among other media groups.
Associate Press reports that the unusual hearing packed a conference room in the Hawaii Capitol, and found state staffers comparing photos they captured on their cellphones of Tyler and Fleetwood after the hearing.
In the State of Hawaii beaches are consider the property of the people.
Do stars have the right to be protected on public beaches, or are they fair game?
Did this pass because the state Senators were star struck?
I guess Rihanna didn’t want to be left out after Aerosmith’s frontman Steven Tyler took a nosedive in a hotel shower last week.
Not to be outdone, the 23 year old singer was taken to a Swedish medical institution yesterday and hooked up to an IV drip.
Rihanna is currently in the middle of her world tour and was to perform in the city of Malmo, but had to cancel. She tweeted an apology to her fans as well as a photo of her arm with an IV drip connected to it.
According to Rihanna she came down with the flu. A representative of Live Nation stated that she was “. . . not in any condition to conduct a concert.” She was expected to continue her tour as scheduled.
Rihanna’s not the only one coming down with the flu. George Michael recently had to cancel the start of his comeback tour in London’s Royal Albert Hall due to a viral infection.
Rihanna was recently named the world’s sexiest woman alive in their November 2011 issue.
According to a bellboy from the Bourbon Hotel in Asuncion, Tyler had taken a “nasty fall,” and lost several teeth.
Tyler was rushed to the La Costa medical center in the capital city. He spent almost four hours in the hospital, where doctors administered stitches, and affixed two dental implants to replace his lost teeth. He has since returned to his hotel to recover, after being discharged in “good condition.”
Tyler was scheduled to perform with Aerosmith later that night.
A spokesman for the concert organizers said, “Mr. Tyler had a small accident that prevents him from staging the concert tonight. He is fine, he’s in his hotel, but he’s not able to do the concert.”
Tyler is still scheduled to perform Wednesday night.
Tyler should be accustomed to tumbling about. However, he generally leaves that for his onstage performances. Back in August 2010, he was knocked offstage by guitarist Joe Perry during their performance of “Love in an Elevator”. Hmmmm – Going down? Who knows maybe they had a tiff just before the concert.
A year earlier he was spinning off a catwalk while performing the same song resulting in a shoulder injury. Soon after the incident Tyler entered rehab for pain killers.