Disgraced Subway Pitchman Jared Fogle Sues Parents of Alleged Victim

jared fogle files complaint against parents of alleged victim

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Jared Fogle has filed a federal complaint against the parents of an alleged victim who sued the disgraced former Subway pitchman after he allegedly received secret recordings of her changing her clothes and bathing, according to court papers obtained by PEOPLE.

Last March, the girl’s parents filed a lawsuit against Fogle, who is serving more than 15 years in prison for conspiracy to receive child pornography and traveling to have sex with a minor, for emotional distress.

The parent’s lawsuit alleges that Russell Taylor, the former head of Fogle’s charity, secretly filmed the underage girl and other children while they were changing clothes and bathing at Taylor’s house and gave the footage to Fogle. The lawsuit filed in the federal district court for the Southern District of Indiana is seeking at least $150,000 in damages.

In the motion filed Thursday, Fogle says the girl’s parents “through their actions, caused or significantly contributed to the injuries and damages alleged by Jane Doe in her Complaint against the Defendants.”

Fogle alleges the parents were responsible for their daughter’s depression, anxiety and emotional distress because of their “hateful and abusive relationship toward each other, which included, but was not limited to, engaging in frequent fighting and arguing between themselves; abusing alcohol and getting drunk; and engaging in frequent fighting, physical abuse, and arguing with Jane Doe.”

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Fogle also claims that the parents abuse and neglect caused their daughter’s alcohol and substance abuse, self-mutilation, and suicidal ideations.

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Fogle’s attorney, Ron Elberger, declined to comment.

In June, Fogle lost a bid to have his prison sentence reduced. At that time, Elberger had argued that the sentencing judge abused her authority after prosecutors in a plea deal had agreed to seek no more than 12 1/2 years, or 150 months, following Fogle’s guilty plea.

Fogle currently is serving his sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in suburban Denver, Colorado.

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