The reclusive former fitness guru is suing the National Enquirer and Radar for four counts of libel and one count of invasion of privacy, according to court documents obtained by ET.
Simmons' lawsuit' said he often dressed as a woman as part of "his well-known and longstanding burlesque-style entertainment persona".
As the National Enquirer began preparing its story about a sex change in June 2016, according to the court papers, the publication provided Simmons' publicist, Tom Estey, a copy of the unpublished article for review.
The complaint alleges the National Enquirer and its sister website Radar Online acted with "calculated malice" when they ran the "false and salacious" stories involving an issue that "ought to be treated with respect and sensitivity". "Any reference to monetary compensation is the money Richard Simmons owes Mr. Oliveira for his work done for him, and also for the help he promised me when I stopped working for him, and also for the health problems Richard Simmons caused Mr. Oliveira". "He is not the 'new Caitlyn Jenner'".
This is a legitimate news story that demands coverage. The lawsuit claims that Simmons forwarded the email to AMI, yet Radar and the Enquirer continued to publish stories about Simmons being a woman.
One of the stories claimed Simmons was now a woman, had a boob job and was "considering having a vagina built by doctors".
He said the company "miscalculated".
It's not yet known how much Simmons is seeking in damages, but the lawsuit will reportedly be filed today (May 8).
"Even the most ardent supporter of sexual autonomy and LGBTQ rights is entitled to be portrayed in a manner that is truthful", the suit goes on.
The first fake story, which he sold in May 2015, claimed he was 'frail, weak and spiritually broken, ' the suit claims. Simmons also wants an apology and a retraction.
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American Media said it plans to fight the lawsuit. He claims they defamed him and invaded his privacy.
A rep for Simmons did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Simmons' low profile has been out of character for the 67-year-old Simmons who for so long had been a regular presence on television.
Now, Simmons has announced that he is doing more than just speaking out on social media to combat the rumors.
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