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Richard Simmons has been incorrectly called “transgender” in the media.  Now he has to pay 0,000.

Richard Simmons has been incorrectly called “transgender” in the media. Now he has to pay $130,000.

Richard Simmons will be soon missing $130,000.

A judgment has been made in the fitness fanatic’s defamation and invasion of privacy
lawsuit against American Media, which owns the National Enquirer tabloid and the website Radar Online. The Sweat for the old star – who sued over stores calling him “transgender” and claiming he had “shocking sex surgery to change from male to female”, which he denied – must pay $128,625 dollars, said Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gregory Keosian. ruling on Friday.

Richard Simmons participates in the 'Swim for Relief' to benefit Hurricane Sandy Recovery at Herald Square in NYC on October 9, 2013. (Photo: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)Richard Simmons participates in the 'Swim for Relief' to benefit Hurricane Sandy Recovery at Herald Square in NYC on October 9, 2013. (Photo: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)

Richard Simmons participates in the ‘Swim for Relief’ to benefit Hurricane Sandy Recovery at Herald Square in NYC on October 9, 2013. (Photo: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)

Surprisingly, Simmons actually saves money. AMI lawyers initially sought $220,000 after Keosian dismissed Simmons’ case in August. The the monetary breakdown is $110,250 for overhead in preparing the motion to dismiss, and the remainder is to compensate defendants for attorneys’ fees.

Of course, the bigger part of all of this is: Why did Simmons have to pay anything when he vehemently denied claims that he was transitioning and called the reports “lies”? Well, when the judge dismissed the suit, which was filed in May 2017, he said that being misidentified as transgender “does not expose any person to hatred, contempt, ridicule or obscurity, or that makes them shunned or shunned, or tending to injure him in his occupation.’” Therefore, it did not fall into the category of defamation.

Although the lawsuit was a loss for Simmons, it was seen as a victory for transgender rights. The ruling appeared to be the first to address the question of whether being labeled “transgender” is sufficiently damaging to a person’s reputation to be defamatory. Keosian wrote that while being trans “may be despised by a section of the population, the court will not validate those prejudices by legally recognizing them.”

As for where the erroneous claims for “Richard Simmons: He’s Now a Woman!” came from! story, court papers said was false information provided by Simmons’ former assistant, Mauro Oliveira, who allegedly tried to blackmail the fitness guru for years and fueled stories about the alleged transition to stores.

The tabloid’s story, which ran in 2016, capitalized on Simmons’ near disappearance from the spotlight, a topic popularized on the podcast Richard Simmons is missing. However, a rep for Simmons said that after undergoing knee surgery a few years ago, Simmons has stepped back from the spotlight but is “still on Twitter and Facebook and working behind the scenes, continuing to inspire and motivate people to lose weight. When he decides to come back, he will come back.”

Simmons’ legal team is appealing the motion to dismiss.

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