Waffle House restaurants chairman of the board Joe Rogers Jr. has sued three Georgia attorneys claiming they helped his former housekeeper record sexual encounters with him in an effort to extort money, Courthouse News Service reported Monday.
The housekeeper, Mye Brindle of Acworth, reportedly used a spy camera to record she and Rogers having sex at his house, reports the Atlanta Business Chronicle. As a part-time housekeeper from 2003 until 2012, Brindle made 15 audio recordings of sexual encounters, and kept a towel that had Rogers’ DNA on it, according to court documents.
The lawyers Rogers is suing are David M. Cohen, Hylton B. Dupree Jr. and John C. Butters, says the Business Chronicle.
A year ago, a Cobb County Superior Court judge found that Cohen and Butters sent their client, Brindle, to a private investigator who told her how to set up a “spy camera” in Rogers’ bedroom, says the business publication. The judge ruled Brindle violated Rogers’ privacy when she recorded their sexual encounter.
Brindle, who claimed to be Rogers’ former personal assistant from 2009 to 2012, accused him of sexually harassing her and of demanding sex from her in order to keep her job, reports the Courthouse News Service. Rogers claims Brindle had consensual sex with him over the years and often initiated it.
In her complaint, Brindle said in order to keep her job she had to buy pornography, lingerie and sex toys and engaged in “physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature” with Rogers, says the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She also alleged that several other women have been subjected to “predatory sexual actions” by Rogers; those names have not been released.
Rogers gave up his post as CEO of the Norcross-based restaurant chain after Brindle’s complaint surfaced, but continues as the company’s chairman of the board.
He filed a countersuit saying Brindle was attempting to blackmail him with the threat of disclosing the video of his sexual encounters, according to the Courthouse News Service. The video was shot illegally, Rogers’ attorney says, without his knowledge or consent.
Rogers’ lawsuit seek punitive damages for invasion of privacy, civil conspiracy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, RICO violations, aiding and abetting breach of confidential relationship and negligence, the news service says.