After Tara Costa lost 155 pounds on The Biggest Loser she gained a business partner in FC Online Marketing Inc. The company is now suing Costa saying that she has put on too much weight since her appearance on the NBC show.
FC Online Marketing Inc., which owns websites like I Love Kickboxing, hired Costa to be their spokesperson. The company says that they have a contract with Costa that says that the former Biggest Loser contestant would “maintain her current fitness level” while working with the company.
FC Online says that Costa gained too much weight and violated their agreement. The company has now filed a lawsuit against Costa.
Michael Parrella, the company’s chief executive, told MSN: “We hired Tara Costa in 2011 to be a spokesperson. 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.”
Costa denied that she gained too much weight saying that she was in the “best shape of her life” during the time in question.
@rad_manrunning yeah especially bc time in question was when I did Kona! I was the most fit I have ever been in my life. Thxs bud!
— Tara Costa (@Tara_Costa) July 9, 2013
Darren Heitner, Costa’s lawyer, also said that the lawsuit had nothing to do with Costa’s weight gain.
Heitner said: “This case has absolutely nothing to do with Ms. Costa’s weight … FC Online’s effort to frame any debate as one related to Ms. Costa’s appearance is misguided and will be exposed throughout the litigation … Ms. Costa fully intends to file a countersuit … and will ask the Court to award her damages for FC Online’s failure to pay her pursuant to the guaranteed appearances that she was willing, able and excited to be a part of.”