Criminal defense lawyer for Jared Folge has his doubts about the accusations made by an ex-Florida TV journalist and former acquaintance. The “Subway Guy” reportedly had an appetite for underage girls, if private conversations with the woman can be believed.
“Middle school girls are hot,” suspended fast-food pitchman Jared Fogle reportedly told the stunned reporter on several occasions in the past 10 years.
“He said something to me when we were off camera and that really stuck with me,” she told WWSB-TV in Sarasota. “I thought to myself, ‘Did he really say that to me?’”
The woman, whose identity was withheld, said she was so disturbed by the fast food spokesman’s comment that she reached out to the FBI but one has to wonder why it took 10 years.
“They weren’t jokes,” she told the station. “They were very serious … It goes deeper than that.”
Subway suspended Jared Fogle as its spokesman after his home was raided in an FBI child porn probe, yet his image remains in stores.
She claimed the middle school remark was followed by even more disgusting comments, but refused to go into specifics.
Fogle was identified by CBS News as the target of Tuesday’s raid at his Zionsville, Ind., home, where authorities took out electronic devices and documents.
His criminal defense lawyer, Ron Elberger, dismissed the woman’s story Friday as “an unrealistic fabrication.”
Authorities have yet to charge or arrest Jared Fogle, 37, whose association with Subway restaurants was suspended this week after a 15-year run.
Fogle and the journalist first met about a decade ago, and later spoke when he returned to Florida for events that included the American Heart Association Walk.
The raid at his sprawling suburban home came two months after the head of his foundation to fight childhood obesity was arrested on kiddie porn charges.
Authorities reportedly discovered 400 vile videos, some with children as young as 9, in the jailed suspect’s possession.