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Law expert: Ex-Subway pitchman filing ‘bizarre’

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In this Nov. 19, 2015 file photo, former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle arrives at the federal courthouse in Indianapolis. Fogle is being sued by a girl who's one of the victims in the sex crimes case that sent him to prison for more than 15 years. The federal lawsuit filed Tuesday, March 15, 2016, names Fogle and the former head of his anti-obesity charity, Russell Taylor. It also names Taylor's wife. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — One legal expert says former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle’s attempt to shift the blame in a civil lawsuit filed by one of his child pornography victims onto that girl’s parents is a “bizarre” legal move.

Harold J. Krent, the dean of Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Institute of Technology, says it’s not particularly unusual for defendants in civil suits to argue that they may not have caused all of a particular victim’s alleged injuries.

But Krent called it “bizarre” that Fogle’s attorneys are suggesting that her parents’ alleged negligent supervision played a role in her emotional distress.

Fogle’s attorney filed a motion Thursday seeking to add the girl’s parents as defendants in her suit. It suggests they are to blame for all or some of her “destructive behaviors.”

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