ATLANTA – A woman and her attorneys have been charged with secretly videotaping her having sex with a former CEO of Waffle House, and using the recording to try to extort millions of dollars from him.
Fulton County District Attorney spokesman Dontaye Carter in Atlanta said in a news release that Mye Brindle, John Butters and David Cohen were indicted Friday. The indictment alleges former Waffle House CEO Joe Rogers was secretly videotaped in his bedroom having sex with Brindle, his former housekeeper.
Butters and Cohen tried to force Rogers to pay millions of dollars to prevent the recording from being released, the indictment alleges.
Phone calls and an email to Brindle, Butters and Cohen were not immediately returned Saturday.
Brindle filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Rogers in 2012. Brindle accused Rogers of forcing her to perform sex acts with him to keep her job despite her protests for nearly 10 years.
Rogers has acknowledged having consensual sexual encounters with Brindle, but has accused her of making false statements against him. Court findings showed the covertly recorded video didn't imply that Rogers forced the woman to do anything she didn't want to.
Superior Court Judge Robert Leonard learned that the woman's attorneys sent her to a private investigator's office and she was given a spy camera that was used to record Rogers in his bedroom without his consent. Court documents say the woman also made 15 audio recordings of sexual encounters and kept a towel that held Rogers' DNA.
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.