Richard Simmons says tabloids defamed him by saying he had a sex change

Published May 8, 2017


An article in The New York Times about lawsuits filed by Richard Simmons, the celebrity health and fitness guru who sued two tabloid publications on Monday, saying they defamed him by publishing stories claiming that he had undergone a sex change, interviews Samantha Barbas, professor of law, who said that whether a court would deem the sex-change allegation a defamatory statement is unclear. “It’s an untested area, and I think it would be an open question as to whether or not its capable of a defamatory meaning,” she said.

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