Richard Simmons Sues Publications Over ‘Transitioning’ Claims
In White folk news…
Hollyweird has been playing this “find Richard Simmons” game for a while now, drawing speculation around why the once very social star disappeared from the scene. Now Simmons is suing two media outlets for spreading lies about why he was laying low. Both National Inquirer and Radar were served with papers over claims that Simmons was turning his manhood into womanhood. But, they didn’t come up with the story out of thin air, it was his own friend who sold it to them.
Page Six reports in the suit:
Simmons alleges that he has been blackmailed for several years by Mauro Oliveira, a former assistant and friend. The suit alleges that Oliveira went to the National Enquirer with three different explanations for Simmons’ withdrawal from the public eye in 2014. In May 2016, Oliveira allegedly told the Enquirer that Simmons was transitioning into a woman. In June 2016, the Enquirer ran a story claiming that Simmons “is now called Fiona!” Simmons’ reps strongly denied the story at the time.
The report doesn’t say what amount of money he’s suing over, it does say that Simmons claims to have lost “millions” in future revenue over the false reports. You think he’s still getting a bag that large over appearances??