The ex-wife of disgraced former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle has sued the sandwich restaurant chain, claiming that it knew about his pedophilia since 2004 and surpessed the information from the authorities. Fogle is currenlt is serving a sentence of 15 years and eight months after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography and traveling to pay for sex with minors.
Katie McLaughlin divorced Fogle after his history of sexual abuse of children came to light and he reached a plea deal for his crimes. She alleges in the suit that Subway knew about Fogle’s history of sexual abuse of children and chose not to report that information because the company’s brand was so strongly intertwined with Fogle’s. “Subway’s ambition for sales and growth came at the expense of Katie [and her children],” it says.
McLaughlin alleges in the suit that she and her children suffered emotional distress because she and her children did not know of Fogle’s predatory history when she married him in 2010. Via the CNN Money report:
The suit details an instance when a Subway franchisee, Cindy Mills, called the company’s then-CEO Jeff Moody in 2008, to alert him about Fogle. She said that Fogle had told her that “he really liked them young,” and that he admitted to her that he had had sex with minors from ages 9 to 16.
The suit charges that Moody interrupted Mills and told her “Please don’t tell me any more. Don’t worry, he has met someone. She is a teacher and he seems to love her very much, and we think she will keep him grounded.” Moody told Mills that he had dealt with similar complaints in the past.
The suit says that the teacher that Moody was referring to is in fact McLaughlin.
The suit also explains that after that incident Subway initiated a campaign that had Jared visiting elementary schools to speak about childhood obesity.
The suit is for” intentional infliction of emotional distress,” and it doesn’t have a specified desired compensation amount.
While this obviously could have a damaging effect on Subway, the company has declined to comment on the pending litigation.