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On March 12, 2018 Richard Simmons was ordered to pay almost $130,000 in attorneys’ fees to media outlets that he unsuccessfully sued on May 8, 2017, alleging defamation and invasion of his privacy.
The media outlets, including National Enquirer and its online sister Radaronline, had published multiple articles describing that Simmons had been out of the public eye because he was in the process of transitioning from a male to a female. Simmons asserted that the reports were false, and that he had informed the publisher of that fact but it had continued its allegedly defamatory campaign.
However, on Sept. 1, 2017 California Superior Court Judge Gregory Keosian granted a special “SLAPP” motion to strike the lawsuit by Simmons. The Judge indicated that Simmons was responsible for the costs incurred by the media outlets. They filed minimal bills of costs of less than $3,000 combined, but also sought coverage for attorneys’ fees incurred. Those requests were granted.
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Case caption: Richard Simmons v. American Media Inc. et al
California Superior Court Docket Number: BC660633
Author: Sheri Steinmetz, Lexis-Nexis
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