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LAPD Checks On Richard Simmons Amid Disappearance Scandal

Mar. 10 2017, Updated 3:24 p.m. ET

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The Los Angeles Police Department insists Richard Simmons "seems perfectly fine" despite widespread concern over his well-being.

As Radar readers know, last year, Simmons denied reports that he was a victim of elder abuse at the hands of his housekeeper, Teresa Reveles, after mysteriously disappearing from the public eye.

“There was something about his housekeeper holding him hostage and not allowing people to see him and preventing him from making phone calls and it was all garbage and that’s why we went out to see him. None of it is true,” Detective Kevin Becker told People on Thursday.

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“The fact of the matter is we went out and talked to him. He is fine, nobody is holding him hostage. He is doing exactly what he wants to do. If he wants to go out in public or see anybody he will do that."

But in an interview for the popular podcast series, Missing Richard Simmons, the fitness guru's brother Lenny revealed he's just as mystified over his brother's strange disappearance as the rest of the world.

"He’s not angry with anybody. I don’t understand it. I wish I did," Lenny said in a preview clip of the episode, set to air next Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the National ENQUIRER found in 2015 that Simmons was reclusive, "frail, weak and spiritually broken," and "in desperate need of help," his ex-personal assistant Mauro Oliveira said. The year before, the frizzy-haired fitness guru had stopped returning phone calls and closed his famed Beverly Hills fitness studio.

Do you think Richard is fine or is something else going on behind the scenes? Sound off in the comments below.

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