Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler is to testify Friday at a hearing in Hawaii aimed at giving celebrities more privacy. The former "American Idol" judge has already submitted written testimony, but will now appear live at a legislative hearing in Hawaii.
A report on Feb. 7 from Associated Press indicates that Tyler's testimony may help bring a new act forth that will allow celebrities to collect damages from photographers capturing images of them in offensive ways during their private lives. There's been countless examples of this happening with the paparazzi, whether it be Jessica Alba, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, or Kate Middleton.
While this will be the first time the new act is being considered, there seems to be plenty of lawmakers in favor of it. Over two-thirds of Hawaii's senators have co-supported what could be called "The Steven Tyler Act."
However, there are some who say this new law could be unconstitutional. One attorney has noted that this could "punish freedoms of expression protected by the First Amendment." Still, some would argue that even celebrities have a right to some privacy during their lives, no matter how much fortune and fame they've achieved. Then again, Tyler showed up in drag as a joke on the latest season of "Idol" so how embarrassed could he possibly get in private?
Steven Tyler appeared on TV as one of the judges on "American Idol" last season, but left the show after two seasons. "Idol" currently stars Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson and Keith Urban as its judges, with Ryan Seacrest as the host. Fans of the show in Roanoke can see it on FOX affiliate station WFXR 8 on Cox cable.