Jared Fogle blames victim's parents

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle says the parents of one of his victims are, at least in part, to blame for her troubles, and he plans to file suit against them.

In court documents filed Thursday, Fogle claims their bitter divorce, their abuse of their daughter and their lack of supervision caused her “to suffer from emotional distress and depression.” He says that resulted in the girl “engaging in destructive behaviors, including…alcohol abuse, substance abuse, self-mutilation, and suicidal ideation…and sexual activity with multiple partners.”

Fogle says the girl, identified only as Jane Doe from Connersville, was depressed and involved in self-destructive behavior before she learned that she had been secretly recorded without her clothing. Thursday’s filing indicates Fogle plans to argue that because Doe was already depressed and hurting herself before his crimes came to light, that he should not have to pay the price for all of Doe’s emotional distress and trauma.

Fogle, from Zionsville, is now serving more than 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to receive child pornography and traveling to have sex with a minor. Fogle’s friend and the former head of Fogle’s foundation, Russell Taylor, is serving 27 years on child pornography charges after admitting he secretly recorded children naked at his home and shared some of those images with Fogle.

Jane Doe filed suit in March against Fogle, Taylor and Taylor’s wife for invasion of privacy and emotional distress and asking for $150,000.

As part of that suit Thursday, Fogle asked a federal judge for approval to bring her parents into the case. He claims he has evidence that Doe’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 says Doe’s parents “maintained a 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, which caused Jane Doe to suffer from emotional distress, anxiety, and major depression before she learned of any allegations involving the Defendants or any acts of the Defendants.”

Fogle also asked for approval to use fictitious names for Doe’s parents in order to protect her privacy.

As of Thursday evening, the court had not ruled on Fogle’s motion.

UPDATE: WTHR reached out to Doe’s attorneys. One of her lawyers from the firm of McNeely Stephenson replied in an email that said, “Any statements will be filed in the federal court proceedings.”

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