Simmons Must Pay Media Outlets $130K After Transgender Suit, Judge Rules - NBC Chicago

Simmons Must Pay Media Outlets $130K After Transgender Suit, Judge Rules

The defendants had filed a motion in January seeking $220,000, which Simmons' lawyers criticized as a "billing fiesta"

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    More than six months after dismissing Richard Simmons’ defamation lawsuit against the National Enquirer and Radar Online, which ran articles alleging that Simmons had undergone sex reassignment surgery, a judge ordered the fitness guru to pay nearly $130,000 in attorneys’ fees to the media outlets and their publisher, American Media, according to court documents.

    Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gregory Keosian issued his ruling on Friday, NBC News reported.

    The defendants had filed a motion in January seeking $220,000, which Simmons' lawyers criticized as a "billing fiesta."

    Simmons sued the media outlets in May 2017 after they ran articles claiming he is transgender. A June 2016 cover of the National Enquirer, for example, read: “Richard Simmons: He’s Now a Woman.” In his lawsuit, Simmons claimed the outlets published the stories with “calculated malice.”