Nearly a year after former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle was sentenced to prison for having sex with minors and possessing child pornography, his ex-wife is speaking out. Katie McLaughlin has sued the Subway corporation, claiming the company had knowledge of Fogle’s scandalous exploits and tried to cover it up instead of alerting the authorities.
In the lawsuit, McLaughlin said Subway was alerted by informants on three separate occasions of Fogle’s sexual misbehavior, but the company instead turned a blind eye and continued to allow Fogle to speak at schools. “Subway failed every test of corporate responsibility in its response to each of these complaints,” the lawsuit says.
McLaughlin has sued Subway on five counts: invasion of privacy/misappropriation of likeness (from advertisements released without her consent), intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, negligence per se, and right of publicity.
“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,” McLaughlin said in a statement at a press conference on Monday.
McLaughlin’s accusations are backed by franchisees who have separately confirmed that the sandwich chain knew as early as 2006, thanks to several tips from an FBI informant, but chose to do nothing.
According to the lawsuit, Subway’s first warning actually came in 2004, when the company’s “then senior vice president of marketing received a complaint that Jared had approached a young girl at a promotional event for a Las Vegas Subway franchise for a sex act,” according to Section 30 of the lawsuit. Then, in 2008, a Subway franchise owner approached the corporation with complaints about Fogle’s creepy comments that “he really liked them young.”
McLaughlin married Fogle in 2010, and they have two children together. She claims she was completely unaware of her ex-husband’s perversions until his 2015 arrest.
“Subway's ambition for sales and growth came at the expense of” his wife and children, the lawsuit alleges.
The full suit can be read here.