The ex-wife of felon Jared Fogle, formerly the most famous Subway pitchman, has filed a lawsuit agains the company. Her allegations? That they knew "about her husband's depravities and failed to act."
The Indy Channel report that Katie McLaughlin filed the lawsuit last Tuesday.
Fogle is currently serving a 15 year sentence in federal prison after being convicted on numerous charges, including possession of child pornography and traveling across state lines to have sex with minors.
McLaughlin alleges that Subway knew about Fogle's sexual interactions with minors and failed to do anything about it. She states:
"On at least three occasions during Jared's tenure with Subway, Subway received reports regarding Jared's sexual interest in and activity with children," the complaint reads. "With two of those reports, Subway responded by sending a public relations employee to ask Jared about the allegations. With the third report, Subway admitted the complaint was not 'properly escalated or acted upon.' Upon information and belief, Subway did not report any of the allegations to law enforcement."
Her attorneys claim that Subway knew at least 12 years ago, in 2004, and did nothing. The lawsuit further claims former Subway CEO Jeff Moody did nothing when a Florida Subway franchisee, Cindy Mills, reported that Fogle had made "disturbing comments about children," including admitting to her that he "really liked them young" and that he had sex with minors from age 9-16.
If true, this is shocking.
McLaughin, although divorced, does have 2 children with Fogle. They are now 3 and 5 years old. She states: "I have a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old who now ask me every day about jail and where their daddy is."
A Subway spokesperson released a brief statement in response to the lawsuit, "As this is pending legal action, we cannot provide comment."
Here is Katie McLaughlin's complete statement to the media:
“When the FBI banged on my door on July 7th, 2015, I thought it was the worst day of my life. I had no idea that the nightmare was just beginning. Like the rest of America, I was shocked by what I learned in the weeks and months to follow.
“First let me say, to the victims of my ex-husband, you are never far from my thoughts and prayers. I can only imagine what you have been going through. A mother’s most basic instinct is to protect her children and this is one of the most horrific of crimes. I know the healing process is lifelong.
“Finding out that your husband and the father of your children is a child predator, and knowing that his job involved him visiting schools on a regular basis is devastating.
“Finding out that Subway did not act upon at least one complaint while continuing to utilize Jared as their spokesperson and facilitate his visits to those hundreds of schools is beyond comprehension.
“I filed this lawsuit because I have questions. 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? What investigations, if any, did they conduct? Did they ever notify the authorities?
“I also filed this lawsuit because I am seeking damages from Subway. As the complaint alleges, there have been news reports that Subway received at least one complaint that Jared had sexual interest in children. Subway even took the step of marketing him as a family man and used my children’s and my likenesses in that campaign. I did not give them the consent to do this.
“This is not a position I ever wanted to be in. Bringing this lawsuit was not an easy decision to make. I am by nature and practice a very private person. I have kept my children out of the public arena, despite their father’s career, arrest, and conviction.
“I actually want to thank you all in the media for respecting my privacy and the privacy of my children over the past year. I recognize that filing a lawsuit is taking a public step. However, I chose to make this statement today, rather than risk media presence at my home and in my neighborhood. I would ask that you please continue to respect my privacy and the privacy of my children.”