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Richard Simmons Sues After Tracking Device Attached to Car

Richard Simmons Sues After Tracking Device Attached to Car
Fitness advocate Richard Simmons (L) speaks during a rally on Capitol Hill July 24, 2008, in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 05 June 2018 01:00 PM

Richard Simmons is suing a private investigator, charging that he and his driver found a tracking device attached to a car used to transport the celebrity health guru, The Hollywood Reporter said Tuesday.

The lawsuit filed Monday by the reclusive Simmons, 69, and his driver and caretaker Theresa Reveles, said that Los Angeles private detective Scott Brian Matthews allegedly placed a tracking device on Reveles' vehicle, the celebrity publication said.

The lawsuit said that the vehicle is Simmons' lone means of transportation. They charged in the court document that Matthews placed the device to determine the doctors Simmons was visiting for alleged gender transition reported by The National Enquirer and Radar Online, The Hollywood Reporter said.

In May 2107, a judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Simmons against the Enquirer, saying that he was not transgender and then charged the health celebrity $130,000 in legal fees to the publication, The New York Post reported.

Simmons charged in that lawsuit that the National Enquirer articles about him being transgender were false and defamatory to his character, the Post said. Simmons' lawyers argued that as a public figure, he has a legal right to "not be portrayed as someone he is not."

In the new lawsuit against Matthews, Simmons and Reveles alleged that they found the device in December and believe it had been on the car for more than a year, The Hollywood Reporter said.

The twosome claimed in court documents that Matthews had leased the trackers from a company Live View GPS, which terminated its involvement with Matthews after learning of the unauthorized use, The Hollywood Reporter wrote.

It is against the law in California to track someone without consent. The law, established in 1999, does not apply to law enforcement agencies.

In March 2017, Mauro Oliveira, a friend of Simmons, charged on a podcast that the exercise expert was being held hostage by Reveles, but Simmons representative Tom Estey pushed back on the claim, saying that infomercial mainstay was choosing "to live a more private life" now.

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Richard Simmons filed a lawsuit Monday against a private investigator, claiming that a tracking device was illegally attached to the car used to transport the celebrity health guru.
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