If you had asked me yesterday, “Hey, Joanna, is there anything ex-Subway spokes-dieter and convicted child pornography enthusiast Jared Fogle could do to make you think less of him?” I would say, “No, may I leave this focus group?”
On Thursday, The Daily Mail reported that Fogle, who is currently serving 15 years and eight months in a Colorado prison for having illicit sexual conduct with a minor and receiving child pornography, has sued one of his victim’s parents.
According to prosecutors, Fogle traveled to New York to have sex with two women under 18-years-old and willingly received secretly-recorded pornography of 12 children. In addition to jail time, Fogle was ordered to pay $1 million to each of his 14 victims.
Fogle’s suit alleges that the victim’s parents, identified as B.T. and J.T., are actually responsible for their child being secretly filmed bathing at Fogle’s business partner Russell Taylor’s house between March 2011 and January 2015. The victim, identified as Jane Doe, had previously filed a compensation claim against him.
Unsurprisingly, this deranged lawsuit is not Fogle’s first attempt at dodging blame. From The Daily Mail:
Fogle initially defended the case by saying the girl, whose age has not been disclosed but who was a minor when she was filmed, had received $100,000 in compensation as part of the plea deal which resulted in him being jailed.
But now he has delivered a fresh set of papers to a federal court in Indianapolis—with an extraordinary series of allegations leveled at her parents.
Fogle’s team argues that Doe’s parents’ divorce and custody battle “caused unnecessary stress, anxiety, and trauma for Jane Doe,” and is really to blame for her becoming the victim of his and Wilson’s pornography.
“B.T. and J.T. 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,” the documents reportedly read.
“B.T. and J.T., by their actions, caused Jane Doe to suffer from emotional distress and depression which then resulted in Jane Doe engaging in destructive behaviors, including, but not limited to alcohol abuse, substance abuse, self-mutilation, and suicidal ideation with regard to which B.T. and J.T. are liable.”
The parents have not yet responded to the suit.