Richard Simmons has been the subject of much speculation during the past two years after he dropped out of public sight.
Now, Mr. Simmons has been found in Los Angeles Superior Court where he is suing the National Enquirer for libel.
The Hollywood Reporter reported that Simmons is suing the Enquirer over articles that suggested he was in the midst of “shocking sex surgery.”
The complaint charges the Enquirer of published a series of “cruel and malicious” articles between June 2016 and March of 2017.
Neville Johnson, an attorney for Mr. Simmons, summarized the complaint.
The law of defamation and false light invasion of privacy exist to vindicate this elemental right. The law protects the right of every person to be treated with decency and dignity, free from the deliberate propagation of falsehoods that have no motivation other than exploitation. It is to vindicate that right, and the rights of all persons to be portrayed with dignity and honesty with regard to their sexual identity, that Mr. Simmons files this lawsuit.