Here's what Richard Simmons publicly said about speculations of him being transgender
Proving you are not transgender via lawsuit? This struggle is real for Richard Simmons, the famous weight-loss guru.
As Page Six shared, Richard Simmons filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles during spring 2017 against the National Enquirer for calling him “transgender.” Simmons and his lawyer were trying to prove wrong through the court.
Defamation lawsuit of Simmons started from the National Enquirer posting rumors about the weight-loss guru transitioning to a woman. Simmons was blackmailed by his former assistant and friend Mauro Oliveira who explained why Simmons "disappeared” for three years.
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The fitness instructor and his lawyer filed official documents proving that he was not a transgender. They had to show that he has never had breast surgery, never consulted doctors regarding changing his gender, and never planned to make a sex reassignment surgery.
Simmons sued American Media, National Enquirer’s parent company. The defendant tried to prove that “calling someone transgender is not an insult.” The actor said that he felt very embarrassed dealing with this case, proving that he has never had “a boob job.”
“I am male. I am not transgender. I have never sought nor obtained any medical treatment or procedure designed to transition from male to female. [However,] I fully support transgender individuals and their struggle to achieve acceptance and equality,” said Simmons.
American Media’ outlets Enquirer and Radar Online posted that the fitness coach had a “shocking sex surgery” and “medical castration.”
Simmons was shocked at how cheap and embarrassing this commercializing is, and he was very determined to prove these companies wrong. His lawyer was working on the defamation lawsuit and was ready to defend his client in the court.
Unfortunately for the weight-loss guru, he lost the lawsuit and was ordered to pay the defendants' attorney's fees. Judges set clear that "misidentification of a person as transgender is not actionable defamation absent special damages."