Could Hawaii soon become the new hotbed for celebrities?
The state is looking to protect stars who both live and visit there by proposing a bill known as the "Steven Tyler Act." The bill was named after the Aerosmith frontman who recently bought a home in Maui, for his "contribution to the arts in Hawaii and throughout the world."
The naming of the bill is fitting because Steven was recently suprised by paps there, who took an unflattering photo of him playing bongos in a speedo.
Hawaii wants to "encourage celebrities to visit and reside in our State" by passing the bill, which will hold anyone liable who "captures or intends to capture, in a manner that is offensive to a reasonable person... a visual image, sound recording, or other physical impression of another person while that person is engaging in a personal or familial activity with a reasonable expectation of privacy."
Under the bill, anyone convicted of this will subject to hefty special damages, general damages and "punitive damages up to three times the amount of general and special damages combined," according to E! Online.
Steven isn't the only celeb to be harassed by the paps in Hawaii. Glee couple Lea Michele and Cory Monteith claim they were followed to an extremely remote location on the island. "We went for this beautiful hike, valley and everything, and bam, they showed up," said Cory. "It was like, ‘I can't believe you guys followed us all the way here. Take our picture because you worked so hard for it you deserve it.'"
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