Richard Simmons, now 68 years old, has been hailed as the king of fitness.  He has been in the spotlight for years and is now suing National Enquirer as well as Radar Online for running falsified stories that he underwent a sex change operation.  The media has stated that he is in receipt of “castration, hormone treatments, breast augmentation” and a full blown sex change operation.  Simmons is suing the medias for issuing “cruel and malicious” stories that are defaming.  Simmons has been on break from being in the public eye and is now issuing libel as well as invasion of privacy.

Simmons’ manager, Michael Catalano, is quoted stating, “People have a right to privacy…just because someone is a public figure doesn’t mean their right to privacy is gone.”  Simmons has fallen prey to victimization, stalking, extortion and blackmail from his former assistant as well.  Simmons has contacted the publication entity multiple times to no avail.  He states that the information is not from a credible source, nor a reliable one.  He has stepped out of the spotlight and the media started a firestorm regarding the reasons as to why, yet no confirmation from Simmons himself.  Simmons has confirmed though that he is alive and just a little under the weather while reaching out to his fans thanking them for thinking of him.