The ex-wife of former Subway spokesman and convicted pedophile Jared Fogle has filed a lawsuit against the company, asking how long did they know of his crimes and why did they not crack down on him earlier?
Fogel was the primary pitchman for Subway for 15 years, having joined in 2000. He piled up a net worth of $15 million by claiming that he lost over 200 pounds eating Subway sandwiches – and his claims boosted Subway’s sales in American from $3.1 billion to $11.5 billion.
It all fell apart in July 2015, when Fogle was busted in Indiana for child pornography and pleaded guilty to child porn and paying for sex with minors. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison, and his wife filed for divorce.
Now Fogle’s ex-wife, Katie McLaughlin, has filed suit against Subway Tuesday, October 18, saying the company “failed every test of corporate responsibility” and put the safety of kids at risk.
“I filed this lawsuit because I have questions,” she said. “Questions that someday my children will ask me and that I imagine the families of the 14 victims are asking. Questions to which I have no other way to get answers. Questions like, ‘What did Subway know and when did they know it?’”
Her lawsuit alleges that the first complaint was made to subway about Fogle in 2004 – which was four years before McLaughlin started dating him.
Reportedly, Fogle approached a young girl at a Las Vegas Subway for a sex act and a complaint was filed. A PR employee spoke with Fogle, who denied the charge, and they dropped it.
In 2008, a female franchise owner in Florida warned the CEO, Jeff Moody, that Fogle had said he had sex with minors. Mills interrupted the woman in a phone call and told her, “Please don’t tell me anymore. Don’t worry, he has met someone,” referencing McLaughlin.
Another complaint in 2011 from a Florida journalist was ignored.
The NY Daily News reports that throughout the years of Fogle promoting Subway, his publicity stunts included a 2008 tour of an elementary school. He always brought along the large pants he used to wear before he lost all the weight.
Subway then started marketing Fogle as a family man, running animated TV ads of him with his wife and children.
McLaughlin is also suing for emotional distress over the “family man” ad, and is asking for unspecified damages.
CNN Money reported in August 2015 that Fogle had to agree to pay 14 of his victims $100,000 each.
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