Charges: Maid Tried to Blackmail Ex-Waffle House CEO Using Sex Tape
She and her lawyers were allegedly seeking millions
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 18, 2016 4:55 PM CDT

(Newser) – A woman and her attorneys have been charged with secretly videotaping her having sex with a former Waffle House CEO and using the recording to try to extort millions of dollars from him, the AP reports. 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. Brian Robinson, spokesperson for Brindle's attorneys, said the indictment sends a "chilling message" to victims of sexual abuse and those seeking help to attain justice. They maintain Brindle was the victim of serial sexual abuse at the hands of Rogers.

Brindle filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Rogers in 2012. She accused Rogers of forcing her to perform sex acts with him to keep her job despite her protests for nearly 10 years. Rogers 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. Brindle'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. In a court filing, Cohen and Butters say that when Rogers learned Brindle planned to sue him for sexual harassment, he retaliated against her and her attorneys.