It’s official: Former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle is not going to get paid to “eat fresh” any longer. Subway issued a brief message Tuesday after it was reported that the embattled 37-year-old will plead guilty to child pornography charges in a sexual abuse probe by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
“We no longer have a relationship with Jared and have no further comment,” Subway wrote Tuesday. The message was shared nearly 5,000 times by the chain’s 2.26 million followers. More than 3,000 people liked the post.
Fogle has not been arrested or charged in the case, but he will accept a plea deal, local news station WXIN reported. The U.S. Attorney’s Office will hold a press conference Wednesday, which is the same day he will reportedly accept the deal.
Neither Fogle nor his attorney, Ron Elberger, have issued a statement about the plea deal. Fogle has remained off Twitter since federal agents raided his Zionsville, Indiana, home in early July. They seized several computers and DVDs after state and federal warrants were issued in connection to child pornography.
Months earlier, Russell Taylor, the former director of the Jared Foundation, was arrested in a child pornography case. He unsuccessfully tried to kill himself while imprisoned, WXIN reported.
Fogle became a household name after he attributed a massive weight loss to Subway. Seventeen years ago, when he was 425 pounds, Fogle said he ate multiple sandwiches from the chain per week and subsequently dropped more than 200 pounds on the “Subway Diet,” all while he was a student at Indiana University. After becoming a spokesman for the company, he garnered a net worth of $15 million, according to the New York Daily News.
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