The ex-wife of thoroughly disgraced Subway spokesman Jared Fogle is suing the sandwich chain, claiming that executives were aware of the fact he was sexually attracted to children as early as 2004.
Katie McLaughlin married Fogle in 2010, and claims that she suffered emotional distress as a result of the corporation not disclosing this information when they became aware of it. “A responsible corporation would take immediate action when hearing of this behavior, even if it was only allegations,” she says in the suit. “Subway failed every test of corporate responsibility in its response to each of these complaints.”
The suit asks for compensation for “intentional infliction of emotional distress” but does not specify an actual dollar amount for compensation.
She told a press conference that she was intending to use the suit as a means of helping her ex-husband’s victims find out what the corporation actually knew, and when they knew it.
The suit describes an alleged incident in which a Subway franchisee, Cindy Mills, informed CEO Jeff Mills that Fogle had made some off-colour remarks to her about being attracted to young people, but that Mills had interrupted her. “Please don’t tell me any more. Don’t worry, he has met someone,” Mills is alleged to have said. “She is a teacher and he seems to love her very much, and we think she will keep him grounded.”
Fogle is currently serving over 15 years in federal prison. He also agreed to pay 14 of his victims $100,000 each.
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