Jared Fogle's ex-wife, Katie McLaughlin, is suing Subway, claiming the sandwich chain's top executives knew of his pedophilia as early as 2004 and didn't notify authorities.
McLaughlin divorced Fogle, who formerly served as Subway's pitchman, after he pleaded guilty to federal charges of child pornography and having sex with minors.
In the lawsuit, McLaughlin said she and her children suffered emotional distress because of Fogle's behavior.
A responsible corporation would take immediate action when hearing of this behavior, even if it was only allegations.
CNN reported that in the suit McLaughlin said she didn't know about his pedophilia when they married in 2010.
McLaughlin alleges that Subway executives believed that sustaining the company's profitability and growth depended on Jared's reputation.
"Subway's ambition for sales and growth came at the expense of Katie," the lawsuit states.
The Indianapolis Star reported that Subway's senior vice president of marketing was notified that Fogle approached a young girl for a sexual act at a Las Vegas Subway event.
Instead of contacting the girl, Subway sent a public relations manager to talk to Fogle about the incident, according to the suit.
The suit also details a time when a Subway franchisee, Cindy Mills, called the company's then-CEO to warn him about Fogle's behavior. Mills told the CEO that Fogle admitted to her that he had had sex with minors.
The suit alleges that the CEO interrupted Mills, saying Fogle had met a teacher, referring to McLaughlin, who "will keep him grounded."
At a press conference Monday, McLaughlin said that finding out her husband was a child predator was "beyond comprehension."
Fogle became a household name because of his extreme weight loss, which he claims was in part thanks to his diet of Subway sandwiches. He lost 235 pounds and then began appearing in Subway commercials.
Fogle is now serving 16 years in a federal prison after being convicted on child pornography charges.
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