I have been more than a little bit obsessed with Richard Simmons the past few years. I really didn’t pay him a lot of attention when he was Sweating To The Oldies but when he went from total media whore to complete recluse, I was intrigued.
There has been all kinds of speculation about what is going on with Richard. I was starting to believe the story about the housekeeper holding him hostage. I’m still not sure that is not the case. I was never sold on the “transitioning theory” mostly because that would mean a whole lot of doctor’s appointments and leaving the house in the daytime.
I was a fan of the “black magic theory” , you should really click on that to learn all about it. In fact, the guy who claimed Simmons was being controlled by black magic, Mauro Oliveira, is named in the lawsuit specifically as the source of the “transitioning theory.”
From The Daily Beast,
The complaint alleges that the transgender rumors began with a former associate named Mauro Oliveira who has “used threats of reputational harm” to blackmail Simmons—and that the tabloids were willing to run with Oliveira’s story because “they were looking for anything to gain a leg-up on the media frenzy surrounding [Simmons’] disappearance and media absence for the past few years.” Simmons is seeking damages for multiple counts of libel and for invasion of privacy.
But on Monday, Richard Simmons filed a defamation suit
“The lawsuit against American Media Inc., which owns the publications, alleges several counts of libel and invasion of privacy for publishing stories saying Simmons received “shocking sex surgery, breast implants, hormone treatments, and consultations on medical castration,” according to the legal complaint.” [Source NBC News]
As for the whole transitioning situation, Simmons states in his complaint that American Media Inc. likely felt as though Simmons would not sure over the defamation and invasion of privacy because doing so might make it seem like he thought something was wrong with transitioning. Apparently, they were wrong about that. American Media has spoken out saying that the lawsuit does imply that there is something wrong with transitioning and they are prepared to vigorously defend themselves in court.
Defamation suits are very difficult to win, especially when the plaintiff is a public figure. One has to prove actual damages caused by the defamation and I am not aware that Richard Simmons is actually generating an income that would be affected by the rumors. If anything, the stories renewed interest in Richard Simmons and whatever brand he still has.
For someone who wants to be a recluse, this seems like a very odd decision. Part of me is back to my “housekeeper hostage” theory. She could be looking for a big payout.
I suppose we will all have to stay tuned to see what happens. What do you think is going on with Richard Simmons?