×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Prosecutors Charge Private Eye With Illegal Spying on Richard Simmons

Los Angeles prosecutors have filed criminal charges against a private investigator for allegedly planting a tracking device in the vehicle of Richard Simmons’ caretaker.

The two-count complaint was filed on Thursday in state court by Los Angeles City Attorney Michael N. Feuer, alleging that Los Angeles-based private investigator Scott Brian Mathews had violated a section of the state penal code for willful use of an electronic tracking device to determine the location and movement of a person.

“We deny all allegations and at the advice of my attorney, we have no further comment,” Mathews said in a statement to Variety.

Simmons had filed a civil lawsuit in June alleging that Matthews planted the device in Teresa Reveles’ car in order to determine whether Simmons had visited hospitals in connection with a purported gender transition. On July 11, the one-time fitness guru amended his complaint alleging that In Touch Weekly, the tabloid owned by Bauer Media, had hired Mathews.

Simmons sued the National Enquirer and Radar Online for defamation last year over a story alleging that he was in the process of becoming a woman. While affirming his support for trans people, Simmons vehemently rejected the claim. But an L.A. Superior Court judge dismissed the defamation suit and ruled that being misidentified as transgender does not inherently expose someone to “hatred, contempt, ridicule, or obloquy,” and therefore does not rise to the level of defamation.

Mathews operates the L.A. Intelligence Agency. Reps for the agency and for Bauer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

More Biz

  • Pamela Anderson

    Pamela Anderson Fears Julian Assange 'Won't Survive' Extradition to U.S.

    After previously speaking out in support of her friend and WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, Pamela Anderson doesn’t think he would survive an extradition from the U.K. to the U.S. “I hope he gets out of there, but I don’t think he’ll survive extradition. It can’t happen. It’s not even an option. We can’t have him [...]

  • Jane Austin SAG AFTRA

    SAG-AFTRA Secretary-Treasurer Jane Austin Running for President

    Jane Austin, the National Secretary-Treasurer of SAG-AFTRA, has become the third candidate for the presidency of the performers union, joining incumbent Gabrielle Carteris and Matthew Modine. Austin is running as an independent for the top post at SAG-AFTRA, which has 160,000 members. Carteris will seek re-election as the head of the ticket for the Unite [...]

  • Endeavor

    Endeavor Group Holdings Files for Initial Public Offering

    Endeavor Group Holdings, the parent company of talent agency WME, has filed to go public with a Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company plans to list on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “EDR.” The number of shares to be offered and the price range have not yet been [...]

  • Lisbeth R Barron Investment Banker

    Investment Banker Lisbeth R. Barron on How She Became a Broadway Deal Specialist

    If you want to get a deal done on Broadway, call Lisbeth R. Barron. Barron is a veteran investment banker who launched her own shingle, Barron Intl. Group, in 2015. She has brokered a slew of deals throughout her career — which has included stops at S.G. Warburg and Bear Stearns — involving companies and [...]

  • The Prom Broadway

    'The Prom': How the Little Show That Could Found Its Way to the Tonys Dance

    Does a Broadway musical still count as an underdog if it’s got über-producer Ryan Murphy in its corner? It does if it’s “The Prom,” the labor of love from a team of Broadway veterans that’s carving out a place for itself as an original story on a street full of familiar titles and well-known brands. [...]

  • Mario Batali

    Mario Batali Charged With Assault and Battery in 2017 Groping Allegation

    On Friday, Mario Batali will be arraigned in a Boston courthouse regarding an indecent assault and battery charge after a woman accused the restaurateur of groping and kissing her in 2017, according to the New York Times. Several women have also accused Batali of sexual harassment. Batali has continuously denied the claims of sexual assault. [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content