Married former Waffle House CEO breaks down in court as jury is shown secretly recorded tape of him having sex with his housekeeper during her trial for ‘trying to extort him for millions’
Former Waffle House CEO Joe Rogers grew tearful in court Wednesday as audio of his sexual encounter with his housekeeper was played for the jury
Mye Brindle, the former housekeeper secretly recorded several sexual encounters with Rogers and said she did so to sue for sexual harassment
Rogers says all of the encounters were consensual and that Brindle and her lawyers were trying to extort him for millions
Rogers is married and said sex with his housekeeper had gone on for almost ten years
The former CEO of the Waffle House became tearful as an Atlanta jury listened to a lurid recording of him having sex with his housekeeper, during her trial for allegedly trying to extort him for millions.
Joe Rogers, 65, sat in court Wednesday and shook his head as jurors watched the secret sex tape his housekeeper Mye Brindle, 47, had made of them having sex in 2012.
In the video, filmed at Rogers home, he is seen nude and recently showered. He asks Brindle to adjust his back. She hides the camera under towels and he can be heard moaning. They then go into the bedroom, and Brindle retrieves the camera from under the towels and engage in a sexual act. The video lasts several minutes.
The court file says that Brindle entered Rogers’ bathroom after his wife, Fran, left the house.
While it was played in court, Rogers bit his nails, as the jury intently listened in Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Brindle made 15 audio files and at least one video file of their sexual encounters. It is unclear if any other recordings will be played in court.
Brian Robinson, spokesman for Brindle’s attorneys, said the indictment sends a ‘chilling message’ to victims of sexual abuse and those seeking help to attain justice.
‘The two attorneys indicted zealously represented their client, a victim of serial sexual abuse by her employer,’ Robinson said. ‘These indictments re-victimize the woman who dared to tell the truth about her powerful abuser and smear the attorneys who represented her.’
A judge ruled that the covertly recorded video didn’t imply that Rogers forced the woman to do anything she didn’t want to.
She also kept a towel that held Rogers’ DNA.
It was Brindle’s attorneys who sent her to a private investigator’s office, where she was given a spy camera that was used to record Rogers in his bedroom without his consent, according to court documents.
Cohen and Butters say that when Rogers learned Brindle planned to sue him for sexual harassment, he retaliated against her and her attorneys. They say Rogers threatened to sue any attorney representing Brindle for joining a criminal conspiracy against him.
Brindle, Butters and Cohen are charged with conspiracy to commit extortion, conspiracy to commit unlawful eavesdropping and eavesdropping.
The district attorney’s office said secretly recording someone in his own bedroom is eavesdropping, and is a felony in Georgia. It carries a sentence of one to five years.
Cohen was ordered to pay $198,393 in legal fees for filing unnecessary litigation in the Rogers case, with the judge saying that Rogers shouldn’t have had to hire lawyers to defend himself against threats of disclosing sexual misconduct allegations.
Rogers has previously spoken of his regret over the affair, saying he ‘let a lot of folks down’.
‘That was wrong of me and I am very sorry for the pain and embarrassment I’ve caused my wife and family. There is no excuse for what I have done,’ he said. ‘I am a victim of my own stupidity, but I am not going to be a victim of a crime – extortion.’
He added: ‘As personally embarrassing as this situation is for me, I am committed to the legal and law enforcement process to expose the motives of my former housekeeper and her attorneys.’
Rogers’ father opened his first Waffle House in Atlanta in 1955, growing the company into a major chain of restaurants throughout the South. There are now more than 2,100 locations in 25 states.
By Jessica Finn
Source: Daily Mail