How can an obscure prisoner get famous?
By attacking a more famous one.
That happened for Mark "Slim" Daniels, who assaulted James Holmes in a Colorado prison last year, then wrote our Alan Prendergast a letter apologizing for not being able to send the Aurora theater shooter to "Satan's lake of fire." And Daniels' notoriety only increased after prison officials cited the incident in explaining why Holmes had been moved out of Colorado and into an undisclosed correctional facility.
Now, Steven Nigg is experiencing the same phenomenon after punching out former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle, who's in a minimum security prison in Littleton for distributing child porn and having sex with underage prostitutes.
According to the incident report, a screen capture from which is shared at the bottom of this post, Nigg's assault was hardly stealthy. The pummeling took place in a common area of the prison in full view of surveillance cameras.
At about 2 p.m. on January 29, the report notes, Nigg assaulted the discredited celebrity on the exercise yard of FCI Englewood "by pushing Fogle to the ground and striking Fogle multiple times in the face with a closed fist.
"Inmate Nigg sustained a small cut on his hand and an abrasion on his left knee from the concrete during the assault," the report continues.
But Fogle definitely got the worst of it. The report points out that he "sustained a bloody nose, scratches to his neck and redness and swelling to the face."
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Earlier this month, family members began shopping the story, with one reaching out to Westword on March 10.
But he didn't respond to our inquiries, perhaps because TMZ, which has a well-publicized practice of paying for stories, was interested.
The site was the first to report the attack, referencing comments from Nigg's family about the reason for the fisticuffs: "We're told Steven's pissed because so many child sex predators are housed in the low security facility, and Fogle was just the last straw."
The TMZ ends with the comment "We don't wanna say karma, but...oops" and the hashtag #BeatFresh.
Since then, surrogates for Nigg, who, as detailed in court documents shared here, is serving time for gun possession by a felon (status he achieved following a '70s-vintage armed robbery spree in Arizona), are playing up the nobility of the act.
For instance, Jimmy Nigg, Steven's brother, said, "He just can't be around child molesters. He doesn't like them" in an interview with People magazine.
And that's not to mention a huge spread in the New York Daily News that juxtaposes pics of Fogle and Nigg under a headline that makes the same joke as TMZ did.
Here's a screen capture.
No telling at this point whether Nigg will be able to extend his fifteen minutes of fame.
But he and Daniels have definitely gotten plenty of face time for slugging famous faces.
Look below to get a closer look at the police report.
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That's followed by the aforementioned court document related to Nigg.