Katie McLaughlin, the ex-wife of former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle, is suing the sandwich shop for damages, claiming the company knew about Fogle’s sexual interest in children.


According to McLaughlin, Subway received at least three reports that indicated Fogle’s inappropriate interests. She wants answers so that she will have something to tell the estranged couple’s children, who are now 3 and 5 years of age.

“Questions like: What did Subway know? When did they know it? What investigations did they conduct? Did they ever notify the authorities?” she explained. She was apparently shocked to learn of the accusations against Fogle when they first appeared in 2004. Fogle was convicted last year for both distributing and received child pornography, and for traveling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a child. He was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison.

The lawsuit against Subway alleges that the chain knew of allegations against Fogle, but still allowed him to visit elementary schools to promote the chain. “Finding out your husband and the father of your children is a child predator and knowing that his job involved visiting schools on a regular basis is devastating,” McLaughlin states. The lawsuit claims that “McLaughlin and her children sustained injury, pain and suffering because Subway failed to act properly.”

According to the lawsuit, Subway was allegedly aware of a 2004 incident in which Fogle approached a young girl for a sex act at a Subway event. It claims that the CEO of Subway was also aware in 2007 that Fogle had sex with minors between the ages of 9 and 16, and that in 2011, a journalist complained to the chain, and “Subway admitted that complaint was ‘not properly escalated or acted upon.’”

The demands that McLaughlin is asking for have not been released, but she alleges that Subway “failed every test of responsible corporate behavior.”

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