Jared Fogle's ex-wife Katie McLaughlin filed a lawsuit against Subway on Monday, October 24, claiming the restaurant chain knew about her ex's pedophilia as early as 2004 but kept it under wraps.
According to NBC News, McLaughlin's lawsuit, which was filed in Hamilton County, Indiana, alleges that Subway received three separate reports of its longtime spokesman's "sexual interest in and activity with children." Rather than reporting it to authorities, she claims the company took matters into its own hands by merely sending a public relations employee to question Fogle, 39.
"A responsible corporation would take immediate action when hearing of this behavior, even if it was only allegations," the suit says, according to CNN. "Subway failed every test of corporate responsibility in its response to each of these complaints."
McLaughlin, who filed for divorce in August 2015 amid Fogle's investigation, also alleged in the lawsuit that she and her ex's children — son Brady, 5, and daughter Quinn, 3 — suffered an "intentional infliction of emotional distress" because Subway kept Fogle's behavior under wraps.
"Subway's ambition for sales and growth came at the expense of Katie [and her children]," the suit says, according to NBC News, adding that the sandwich chain was "driven by sales rather than the safety of kids."
The former pitchman pled guilty in November 2015 to possessing child pornography and paying for sex with minors. He was sentenced to 15 years and 8 months in federal prison. He also agreed to pay a total of $1.4 million in restitution, or $100,000 to each of his 14 victims.
After filing the lawsuit on Monday, McLaughlin held a press conference with her lawyer, Mike Antrim.
"When the FBI banged on my door on July 7, 2015, I thought it was the worst day of my life," she told reporters. "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."
McLaughlin, who works as a teacher, added, "I would ask that you please continue to respect my privacy and the privacy of my children."
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