Fitness guru Richard Simmons and his caretaker Teresa Reveles have filed a lawsuit against private investigator Scott Brian Mathews, alleging that Mathews put a tracking device on Reveles’ car “to track her and Mr. Simmons’ whereabouts in an attempt to gather information about Simmons.”
The suit continues, “On information and belief, Mr. Mathews had been tracking Mr. Simmons and Ms. Reveles for over one year when Mr. Simmons discovered the tracker.”
According to the suit, “Mr. Mathews works as, among other things, a private investigator, and is employed by tabloids like the National Enquirer to obtain secret information about the lives of high-profile individuals so that the tabloids can publish it for financial remuneration, and to embarrass and humiliate celebrities.”
The suit notes that the Enquirer and Radar Online “published several false and fabricated stories that Mr. Simmons was undergoing a gender transition” starting on June 8, 2016.
Simmons denied the claims made in the stories, and unsuccessfully sued over the reports in 2017. The suit notes that Simmons has appealed the ruling in that suit.
The suit says that, in late 2017, Simmons and Reveles discovered that a tracking device on the car that Reveles uses to drive Simmons, adding, “This vehicle is Mr. Simmons’ exclusive method of transport.” The suit alleges that the tracker had been on the car for more than a year when it was discovered.
“On information and belief, this was done in order to determine if or when Richard Simmons visited the hospital,” the suit reads.
The suit seeks unspecified damages.
TheWrap reached out a detective agency that lists an S. Brian Mathews as its owner and chief investigator on its website, and was told by the person who answered that he had no knowledge of a lawsuit.