Ex-wife of former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle sues company

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — The ex-wife of former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle is suing the restaurant chain for damages, saying the company received three reports indicating his sexual interest in children but failed to take proper action and continued promoting him as their spokesman.

The lawsuit filed Monday in Hamilton County Superior Court on behalf of Katie McLaughlin says Subway sent a public relations employee to ask Fogle about the allegations in two of the reports. The lawsuit says Subway has admitted the complaint in the third report was “not properly escalated or acted upon.”

The lawsuit alleges Subway allowed Fogle to spend significant time in elementary schools promoting Subway after the allegations.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

Fogle was arrested in August 2015 on child pornography charges. Just a few hours before Fogle made his first court appearance, McLaughlin announced her decision to divorce Fogle.

She released the following statement announcing her decision:

“Obviously, I am extremely shocked and disappointed by the recent developments involving Jared. I am in the process of seeking a dissolution of the marriage. My focus is exclusively on the well-being of my children. Neither I nor my family will have any further comment on the matter. I appreciate respect for my family’s privacy during this difficult time.”

A spokeswoman said Subway did not have an immediate response but would provide comment.