Richard Simmons arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Aug. 25, 2013.
Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP
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Richard Simmons has filed a libel and invasion of privacy lawsuit against the National Enquirer and its parent company over stories that said he is now living as a transgender woman.The lawsuit, filed Monday, also names their parent company, American Media, Inc., and said the stories' main source was a man who has tried to blackmail the former fitness guru for years, and included a 2013 photo of Simmons dressed in drag.The lawsuit listed what it said were 16 factual errors in the first story, including that Simmons had transitioned to become a woman and had undergone gender reassignment treatments.
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