Richard Simmons Reveals He’s Been The Victim of Blackmail For Several Years
Richard Simmons has had enough and is out for blood. The 68-year-old fitness guru is alleging that his former assistant Mauro Oliveira “blackmailed, extorted and stalked” him for several years, in a jaw-dropping lawsuit against the National Enquirer and their publishers. The lawsuit accused Oliveira who was not named as a defendant, of selling false and libelous information about Simmons to the National Enquirer and Radar Online. “Since early 2014, Mr. Simmons has taken a leave of absence from the media spotlight in order to retreat from his 40-year career in television, fitness and other arenas of entertainment. 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’s disappearance in exchange for a fee,” the court filing revealed. The lawsuit also listed the numerous reasons Oliveira gave for Simmons’ retreat from the public spotlight. His former assistant claimed that he was “frail, weak and spiritually broken.” Another time, he alleged that the fitness icon was “being held hostage by his housekeeper who was controlling Mr. Simmons, taking advantage of his weak mental state and engaging in witchcraft.” Lastly, Oliveira sparked rumors that Simmons was transitioning to female. The suit continued on, claiming the National Enquirer and Radar “knew and acted in reckless disregard for the fact that the information provided by Mr. Oliveira was false and that he was not a credible or reliable source.”
However, American Media Inc. said they will continue to stand by their reporting: “While we have not seen Mr. Simmons’ complaint, we stand by our reporting about him, all of which was based on solid sourcing and material evidence. Should he choose to proceed with his lawsuit, we will defend it vigorously, and we look forward to the public vindication of our reports.” Oliveira responded to the lawsuit, revealing that Simmons’ allegations are “false”: “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, for the help he promised me when I stopped working for him, and also for the health problems Richard Simmons caused Mr. Oliveira.” The bombshell court filing comes after months of speculation over Simmons’ whereabouts. Simmons was recently hospitalized for severe indigestion, which would make it the first time that he’s been out in public in three years. However, Simmons is said to reportedly make regular public outings in disguise. The “Sweatin’ To The Oldies” star posted a heartwarming Facebook post thanking his fans following his hospitalization. He ended the message with a cryptic line hinting at a return to the spotlight: “Hope to see you again soon!”
Was There Truth To Simmons Assistant’s Allegations To The Magazine Publications?
Susan Z’s Conclusion:
Yes. I feel the underlying truth about Simmons life now were accurately reported but severely embellished dramatically to boost sales.
Eight of Cups:
This card is disappointment in love and life situations. I believe this is how deep the betrayal Simmons feels over finding out his assistant was “selling” negative information about him.
Princess of Pentacles: Inverted (Upside Down)
This card is a youthful approach to life and new plans of creativity. Since the card is inverted, I feel it shows the creative stagnation Simmons is experiencing in his life now.
King of Swords: Inverted
This card is a male energy that brings disruptive situations into play. I believe this is the big reveal on Simmons’ assistant’s negative impact on his life. The card being inverted shows it will be turned around in Simmons’ favor at some point.
Susan Z Rich is an emotional addiction counselor, spiritual intuitive and holistic therapist. She counsels others to see life in a more positive way and teaches personal accountability for life choices. She is also the author of several children’s books and Soul Windows…Secrets From The Divine. (life cycles) Learn more at her website: www.szrwhitewings.com