Richard Simmons' lawsuit against the National Enquirer did nothing to ruin his reputation, according to the tabloid's parent company.
In July 2016, the Enquirer published a story in which it claimed that the reclusive fitness guru was transitioning from male to female. It claimed that he got breast implants and was living as a woman named Fiona.
In May 2017, Richard sued the tabloid's parent company, American Media, saying that the story was "cruel and malicious," and that the company published stories about him "in a hurtful campaign of defamations and privacy invasions."
The suit claims the stories were based on information from a source who Richard says has been attempting to blackmail and extort him for years.
However, TMZ obtained new legal documents claiming that Richard's reputation wasn't harmed, saying that his propensity to wear flamboyant clothing proved that he was willing to bend gender norms.
Per TMZ, the documents claim that Richard's defamation suit "shouldn't stand because there's nothing insulting about saying someone is transgender."
Since Richard retreated from the public spotlight a few years ago, all sorts of crazy allegations have emerged, including the omnipresent rumor that he's being held hostage by his housekeeper.
Richard's rep told People magazine at the time that the rumor was a "complete load of crap."