‘Biggest Loser’ Contestant Sued For Gaining Weight
Biggest Loser contestant Tara Costa is being sued by a fitness company that claims she gained too much weight following her stint on the show.
FC Online Marketing, Inc. filed the lawsuit after Costa allegedly put on too many pounds to do public appearances. The company claims their client is in violation of the agreement she signed.
The Wrap reports that the Biggest Loser contestant agreed to “maintain her current level of fitness and conditioning” while representing the company.
To make matters worse for Tara Costa, FC Online Marketing alleges that she entered into an agreement with one of company’s direct competitors. This goes against the non-compete clause in the contract.
“She came on at a certain weight. We had a fitness clause. She was in material breach after she gained, in my opinion, about 45 pounds. She was supposed to visit 15 of our franchise locations, but we weren’t able to send her anywhere because she gained a lot of weight,” FC chief executive Michael Parrella told Newsday.
The Biggest Loser contestant was also sued because she signed an agreement with Anytime Fitness while still under contract with FC. The lawsuit was filed in Florida.
Costa has since fired back with a lawsuit of her own. According to her attorney Darren Heitner, FC didn’t pay the former contestant for the appearances she made. Costa is also looking to recover damages for the company’s use of her name and likeness on the website ilovekickboxing.com.
“My client was willing, available and actually excited to fulfill the terms of the appearance contract. It was no one’s fault but FC Online’s that those appearance opportunities were not presented to her,” Heitner said. He added that Costa didn’t gain any weight while under contract with FC.
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