Richard Simmons is thought to be “controlled” by witchcraft and black magic at the hands of his housekeeper, Teresa Reveles. The 67-year-old fitness guru hasn’t been seen in public since 2014 and now a friend believes he’s being “tormented” by Reveles.
Mauro Oliveira, a friend and former assistant of Simmons, claims that he’s is hiding because he’s under his housekeeper’s influence. He was in the news for possible depression after suffering a knee injury and dealing with the death of his beloved dog, Hattie.
His longtime spokesman, Thomas Estey, revealed that Richard Simmons was “sad” after the “serious” knee injury, but denied allegations that he was depressed and had become a recluse.
According to NY Daily News, Oliveira, shared a recollection of his last meeting with Simmons.
To hear Oliveira tell it, Simmons insisted that he wanted to be alone … and that they could no longer see each other. Not long after that, Simmons’ friend was ordered to leave the home and was forbidden from going upstairs to visit him.
Oliveira thinks Richard Simmons is under some kind of control by the housekeeper through witchcraft or black magic.
“I think it was [caused by] black magic, witchcraft,” Oliveira said. “That’s not close to your culture, but to my culture in Brazil, and to Mexicans, that is a real thing. They invoke the spirits.”
He continued, “It’s extremely hard to explain to you how someone is when they are tormented by bad force. That’s the thing. F***ing Teresa is putting black magic on him.”
Oliveira even wrote a self-published e-book that details his belief of what has happened to Simmons. The book is titled King Rich and the Evil Witch. Simmons’ friend is setting his sights on the memoir being adapted into a Broadway play.
Last January, it was reported by TMZ that the LAPD checked Simmons’ house after they received a tip with an elder abuse claim. According to the report, Simmons was walking with a limp and answered the door with a beard; he appeared in good health, law enforcement officials told the site.
Richard Simmons was last seen in public on January 1, 2014.