3 Crazy Details About The New Richard Simmons Lawsuit And Claims His Assistant BLACKMAILED Him

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3 Things To Know About Richard Simmons And The Lawsuit Claiming Blackmail

This saga just gets more bizarre as time goes on.

Richard Simmons has been missing from public view since 2014, but that doesn't mean we've forgotten about him.

Most recently, Dan Taberski created the popular Missing Richard Simmons podcast to find the truth behind why Simmons hadn't been seen in years.

On February 15, 2014, fitness guru Richard Simmons disappeared. He stopped teaching his regular exercise class at Slimmons, cut off his closest friends, and removed himself from the public eye after decades as one of the most accessible celebrities in the world. Nobody has heard from him - and no one knows why he left. Filmmaker Dan Taberski was a Slimmons regular and a friend of Richard’s. Missing Richard Simmons is Dan’s search for Richard - and the deeper he digs, the stranger it gets.

One guest of the podcast, Mauro Oliveira, claimed to have seen Richard last and insinuated that Simmons' housekeeper was holding him hostage.

However, the podcast ended with a big dud; no huge revelations or bombshells, but only more speculation into the life of Richard Simmons.

Only a few weeks ago Simmons was rushed to the hospital for stomach pains and severe indigestion. He thanked the hospital and his fans on his Facebook account:

Now, Richard Simmons just filed a lawsuit against Radar Online and The National Inquirer, both owned by American Media, Inc. 

Both tabloids, along with his former assistant Mauro Oliveira have been named in the lawsuit that claims Simmons was blackmailed. According to the documents acquired from the court, both Radar Online and The National Enquirer ran with untrue stories about Simmons sexual identity; Oliveira is accused of selling the stories to the magazines for money and threatening Simmons with more lies if he didn't pay up.

Here's what we know:

1. The Hollywood Reporter obtained a copy of the complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court Court.

"National Enquirer and Radar Online have miscalculated … The National Enquirer and Radar Online have cheaply and crassly commercialized and sensationalized an issue that ought to be treated with respect and sensitivity. Principles of freedom of speech and press may protect their prerogative to mock and degrade the LGBTQ community. But freedom to speak is not freedom to defame. Mr. Simmons, like every person in this nation, has a legal right to insist that he not be portrayed as someone he is not. Even the most ardent supporter of sexual autonomy and LGBTQ rights is entitled to be portrayed in a manner that is truthful … The law of defamation and false light invasion of privacy exist to vindicate this elemental right. The law protects the right of every person to be treated with decency and dignity, free from the deliberate propagation of falsehoods that have no motivation other than exploitation. It is to vindicate that right, and the rights of all persons to be portrayed with dignity and honesty with regard to their sexual identity, that Mr. Simmons files this lawsuit."

Tabloid magazines have been saying for years that Richard Simmons is transitioning from male to female; one of the reasons he has decided to remove himself from the public eye.

Some reports even stated that he was taking hormone supplements and consulting with doctors about medical castration.

What's difficult about this is that Richard Simmons is trying to deny such allegations without causing offense to the LGBTQ community, whom he fully supports. 

2. Mauro Oliveira, a former assistant and friend, is named in the complaint.

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Mauro Oliveira has claimed to be a once close friend to Richard Simmons.

He has made allegations that Simmons was being held against his will by his housekeeper, Teresa Reveles, and made public their last encounter.

According to Oliveira, Simmons acted afraid and told him he'd no longer be able to see him; supposedly, Reveles had come down the stairs and told Oliveira that he had to leave right away and Simmons agreed.

The complaint alleges that Oliveira sold stories to The National Enquirer with different claims, such as Simmons transitioning and the housekeeper using witchcraft to keep Simmons in check.

The complaint states: 

"Starting from around May 2015, Mauro Oliveira, an individual who has blackmailed, extorted and stalked Mr. Simmons for several years with the intention of destroying the career and reputation of Mr. Simmons, contacted several press outlets, including the National Enquirer and Radar, and offered information on Mr. Simmons' disappearance in exchange for a fee ... All of these assertions were untrue, and were merely attempts by Mr. Oliveira to gain a profit in exchange for providing a false narrative about Mr. Simmons' leave of absence … While pitching around these ideas, Mr. Oliveira was simultaneously blackmailing Mr. Simmons, sending him emails and threatening to destroy his reputation with damaging press coverage unless Mr. Simmons paid Mr. Oliveira to stop."

3. Mauro Oliveira and American Media, Inc. deny the allegations.

In a comment to PEOPLE magazine, Oliveira states: "The allegations are false, and the real story about Richard Simmons will come out eventually. 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.” 

According to American Media, Inc.'s statement: "While we have not seen Mr. Simmons’ complaint, we stand by our reporting about him, all of which was based on solid sourcing, photos and videos. Should he choose to proceed with his lawsuit, we will defend it vigorously, and we look forward to the public vindication of our reports."

Here is a video from TODAY which echoes how we feel at YourTango, we just want him to be happy and healthy: