Richard Simmons manager slams ‘offensive’ podcast
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Richard Simmons was sentenced to pay nearly $130,000 to the National Enquirer and Radar Online after the exercise guru called the two media to run a series of articles, which he claimed was the transition to a woman.
Simmons, 69, was ordered by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gregory Keosian Friday to pay the media, the attorney fees and the American Media, the publisher, the Los Angeles Times reported.
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The defendants sought $220,000 in a motion filed in January that Simmons lawyers called a “billing fiesta.”
Simmons called the media in May for a series of articles that claimed the fitness guru was the transition to a woman. He claimed that, while he holds no personal ill-feelings towards the transgender community, the articles were false and defamatory to his character. Simmons ‘ lawyers argued that as a public figure, he has a legal right to “not be portrayed as someone he is not.”
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However, Keosian held that alleged someone is transgender is not necessarily defamatory. Keosian dismissed Simmons ‘ case on Sept. 1, 2017.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Simmons is “appealing the dismissal motion.”