The fitness guru is suing The National Enquirer for false reporting.
Richard Simmons is currently in a defamation lawsuit in which he is suing the National Enquirer for reporting that he was transgender and transitioning.
He provided a list of reasons why their story was false
- 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
- I have never had breast implant surgery
- I never consulted with any medical professional regarding sex reassignment surgery
TMZ reports that Simmons sued American Media, The Enquirer’s parent company, but they stood firm saying that calling someone transgender is not an insult.
Simmons fired back in court documents saying, "I fully support transgender individuals and their struggle to achieve acceptance and equality. Nonetheless, the false and fabricated claims that I was contemplating 'castration' and have had a 'boob job' have caused me extreme embarrassment."