Popular podcast series Missing Richard Simmons has made shock allegations about the fitness star, including the claim he is being held hostage by his housekeeper, Teresa Reveles.
Simmons was last in the spotlight in February 2014. His good friend Dan Taberski created the Podcast out of concern for his disappearance.
In the podcast, Mauro Oliveira – a friend of the star's - says the last time he saw Simmons was in May 2014. Their interaction was interrupted by Reveles.
“She realised that I was in the house, she started screaming like a witch, ‘No no no no, get out, get out! I don’t want him here!’ Richard looked at me and said, ‘You got to go.’ I said, ‘Really? Is she controlling your life now?’ and he said yes. And that I have to leave,” he explained.
Simmons’ rep Tom Estey denies claims that Reveles is holding him hostage, telling PEOPLE the allegations are a ‘complete load of c**p.’
“Theresa has been working with him for, since I’ve been working with him [27 years]. So, holding him hostage is the biggest, I mean … Theresa is the housekeeper, she’s the caretaker, she is extraordinary, she is amazing, she takes impeccable care of Richard and she has for as long as I have been working with Richard, so that is a complete load of c**p,” he says.
“Richard made a choice. To live a more private life. If he decides to come back, he’ll come back … People claim that it happened overnight. It really didn’t. We were turning down stuff for years and just kind of quieting down, and when he decides that he wants to come back, that’s when he’ll come back, and when that will be, I have no idea or if he will at all. There really isn’t anything to report.”