Richard Simmons isn’t transitioning from male to female, and is standing by his claims he was defamed when the National Enquirer said he was.
On Wednesday, the attorney for the fitness guru, 69, told TMZ that, if need be, he’s going to appeal a ruling by a Southern California judge who said that being misidentified as transgender is not “actionable defamation.”
The former TV personality (who’s been laying low for years) sued American Media, the parent company of the National Enquirer and Radar Online for defamation over stories that said he had “shocking sex surgery” including breast implants and hormone treatment — something he profusely denied, while maintaining support for trans rights.
In a tentative ruling on Wednesday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gregory Keosian wrote that while being transgender “may be held in contempt by a portion of the population, the court will not validate those prejudices by legally recognizing them” and that misidentifying someone as transgender doesn’t inherently expose them to hatred, contempt or ridicule — even though transgender people do face prejudice.
But Simmons’ lawyer, Neville Johnson, told TMZ that if the ruling becomes final, he will challenge it and file an appeal.
Johnson told TMZ, “Transgenders can’t joint the Air Force, they can’t go to the bathroom … in other words, it’s ridiculous to say there is not significant scorn and ridicule in the U.S.”
GWYNETH ON GIRLBOSS
Gwyneth Paltrow, appearing on Girlboss Radio with Sophia Amoruso, gave a pretty interesting 49-minute interview about her life in acting and commerce, in which she revealed that jobs she had in retail and hospitality as a teen taught her that “people want to be seen and respected,” and that when being pummeled by haters, the lesson is not to retreat, but to “energetically cultivate ‘f— you.’”
Oh, and that since she’s been CEO of her lifestyle brand Goop — where the pull of her celebrity wears off with her contacts there — business has tripled.
She also admitted she didn’t do well in her relationship with Brad Pitt, saying “I’m actually a pretty good friend, and a good sister and daughter and mother, but I’m at my potentially most vulnerable and f—-ed up in the romantic slice of the pie.”
A frenzy is going to ensue late tonight (Aug. 31) at the Disney Store at 39 Stockton St. in The City, promises publicist Mike Olcese, alerting news media to the launch of new products inspired by “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Apparently, San Francisco is just one of three Disney Stores in the U.S. hosting a midnight madness event to celebrate “Force Friday II.”
Actor Chris Tucker is 46. … Singer Deborah Gibson is 47. … Singer Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze is 60. … Actor Richard Gere is 68. … Singer Van Morrison is 72.