News

Richard Simmons sued a tabloid for calling him trans. Now he has to pay their legal fees.

Richard Simmons sued a tabloid for calling him trans. Now he has to pay their legal fees.
Photo: Screenshot/CNN

A judge has ordered Richard Simmons must pay the publishing company American Media, owner of tabloids the National Enquirer and Radar Online, nearly $130,000.

Simmons sued the company for defamation after it reported he was transgender, and had “undergone shocking sex surgery to change from a man to a woman,” which the fitness instructor and actor has denied. He has said that the false information came from a former assistant, Mauro Oliveira.

L.A. Superior Court Judge Gregory Keosian dismissed Simmons’ case in August. It is believed to be the first time a legal precedent has been set that being labeled transgender is not defamatory.

“While, as a practical matter, the characteristic may be held in contempt by a portion of the population, the court will not validate those prejudices by legally recognizing them,” Keosian ruled.

Keosian ruled on Friday that Simmons must pay $128,625 to American Media, covering $110,250 for the general costs of preparing the dismissal motion, as well as outstanding lawyer fees.

The defendants had sought $220,000, which Simmons’ lawyers criticized as inflated.

Simmons is appealing the dismissal ruling.

Dozens protest judge’s decision to let trans woman’s killer off without punishment

Previous article

Someone should challenge this GOP candidate who called Parkland survivor a ‘skinhead lesbian’

Next article