DATE: 3/26/2004 06:10:00 PM
Richard Simmons cited for slapping man
[blockquote]Police cited the fitness guru on suspicion of assault Wednesday night after he reportedly slapped an ultimate cage fighter across the face inside a Sky Harbor International Airport terminal. Simmons, the outlandish 55-year-old known for his raucous exercise videos and boisterous personality, slapped the 6-foot-2, 250-pound athlete after the man reportedly made a derogatory remark about Simmons, Phoenix police Lt. Lowell Spalla said. 'He made a comment, something to the effect of, "Hey, look everybody! It's Richard Simmons! Why don't you drop your stuff and start dancing to the oldies?"' Spalla said. 'Simmons approached him and said, "You shouldn't make fun of people who have issues," and then he slapped him.' The unidentified man asked police to file charges against Simmons, who was cited and released before boarding a flight.