Steven Tyler may have lost the war against gravity, left American Idol ludicrously, and done terrible things to the national anthem, but the man is winning when it comes to the law. In early January, we explained the complex legal drama between Tyler’s attorney Dina LaPolt and his (and Mötley Crüe’s) former management company. Mere days ago the court found in favor of LaPolt and now, though unrelated, Hawaii may soon adopt something called the Steven Tyler Act.
“The paradise of Hawaii is a magnet for celebrities who just want a peaceful vacation,” said Tyler via statement. Though the Aerosmith frontman lives in Marshfield, Massachusetts, he apparently owns a home in the Aloha State as well. “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.”
As typical “invasion of privacy” laws require some sort of physical trespass to inspire legal retribution, they do not protect celebrities from being photographed or otherwise recorded from afar (via telephoto lens or high tech audio) while on their own, or anyone else’s, private property. The Steven Tyler Act, or Hawaii Senate Bill 465, would create a legal remedy for such so-called “constructive invasions of privacy,” as previously defined by California civil law in 1998.
Tyler initially had the aforementioned LaPolt draft the bill and present it to Hawaiian Senator J. Kalani English, and is appearing at a Senate hearing on the matter today with an in-person assist from fellow local property-owner Mick Fleetwood. According to the announcement, the Senate is two-thirds in support of the bill already. Should it pass, island-dwelling celebrity couples will be able to return to their beds, no longer needing to make “Love in an Elevator” to avoid prying eyes.