Steven Tyler and Mick Fleetwood lobby Hawaii senate for privacy law

Rock legends STEVEN TYLER and MICK FLEETWOOD testified in a Hawaii court on Friday (08Feb13) in favor of legislation banning paparazzi from photographing them while in the islands.

The duo descended on the state capitol to show support for the Steven Tyler Act, also known as SB465, which makes it easier to take legal action against snappers who invade stars' privacy.

Tyler, who has a home on Maui, told senators, "First and foremost I'd like to say, being a personality, no matter where we go, we get shot (by photographers). It's part of the dealio (sic), and it's OK. It kind of drives us crazy, but, like my mom said, 'You asked for it, Steven.'

"But when I'm in my own home, and I'm taking a shower or changing clothes or eating or spending Christmas with my children, and I see paparazzi a mile away, shooting at me with lenses this long, and then seeing that very picture in People magazine, you know, it hurts... That's what they do, they are just constantly taking from us."

Fleetwood added, "The islands shouldn't represent this to people coming here."

After the rockers delivered their testimony, the state Senate Judiciary Committee approved the legislation, which will take effect from 1 July (13) if it is passed and signed into law.

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