Waffle House chairman claims extortion plot in lawsuit

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Waffle House Chairman of the Board Joe Rogers Jr. says in a lawsuit that three attorneys hired by his ex-housekeeper used extortion as a means to force him to settle the woman’s sexual harassment claims.

The lawsuit filed in Cobb County Superior Court is the latest legal action involving Rogers and one of his former employees, Mye Brindle, who served as Rogers’ housekeeper and then personal assistant from May 2003 until June 2012. Rogers has admitted in court filings to having “infrequent consensual sexual encounters” with Brindle. However, he denies engaging in sexual harassment and claims the woman initially sued as an attempt to extort money.

In his suit filed May 30, Rogers accuses attorneys David Cohen, Hylton Dupree and John Butters of scheming with Brindle to illegally obtain evidence, file false police reports and force Rogers to meet their demands. The attorneys deny the allegations.

“Mr. Rogers’ baseless allegations are an act of desperation,” Dupree told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We will respond in court at the appropriate time.”

Earlier this year, Rogers filed complaints with the State Bar of Georgia against Cohen and Butters, according to documents obtained by The AJC. But the Bar found no violation of the state’s ethics rules and the grievances were dismissed.

In June 2012, Brindle hired the three attorneys to represent her. According to the lawsuit, it was the three attorneys that…

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