Former Subway Spokesman Jared Fogle Sues Parents Of Victim Over Their Alcohol Use

By McCarton Ackerman 09/07/16

Fogel's countersuit accuses the parents of his underage victims of contributing to her issues with their “fighting, arguing and alcohol use.” 

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Former Subway Spokesman Jared Fogle Sues Parents Of Victim Over Their Alcohol Use

Instead of taking part in prison programs to better himself, disgraced former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle is instead suing the parents of one of his victims.

Fogle, 39, was sentenced last November to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to distributing and receiving child pornography, and engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor. The head of the Jared Foundation, his childhood obesity foundation, Russell Taylor, was sentenced to 27 years in prison after authorities found more than 400 child pornography videos in his Indianapolis home.

The New York Times now reports that Fogle has countersued the parents of one of his underage victims, who first filed a lawsuit against him in March seeking $300,000 in damages for causing their daughter emotional distress.

Fogle has asked the U.S. District Court in Indiana to find the parents liable for part or all of their lawsuit against him. He claimed it was the parents' divorce and “failure to properly supervise” the girl, as well as their fighting, arguing and alcohol use, that have contributed to her issues.

His lawsuit argued that their behavior and "hateful and abusive relationship toward each other" caused their daughter to suffer from issues “including, but not limited to alcohol abuse, substance abuse, self-mutilation, and suicidal ideation.” 

Of course, his lawsuit isn’t going to win him any fans among his fellow inmates. Fogle was reportedly beaten up in March by fellow inmate, 60-year-old Steven Nigg, who a relative says not only hates child molesters, but was ticked off that the former Subway spokesman had allegedly hired other inmates to be his bodyguards. Sources also say that Fogle has been attacked on several other occasions, and the incident with Nigg was the only one reported.

"He's been slapped around fairly consistently since the start of his sentence. He's had several inmates warn him to keep away, and he's been threatened that if he says anything about being roughed up, they'll get to him,” Larry Levine, a prison consultant who has clients that have been incarcerated with Fogle, told People in March. "He's four months into a 16-year sentence and he's already been assaulted several times. I would say this guy has some serious problems."

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