Waffle House CEO Joe Rogers (Atlanta Business Chronicle)
ATLANTA -- Waffle house CEO Joe Rogers Jr. was in a Cobb County courtroom Wednesday.
His attorneys demanded a sex tape of Rogers be turned over to the court.
43-year-old Mye Brooke Brindle accuses Rogers of forcing her to perform sex acts on him for the eight years she worked as his housekeeper.
Roger has admitted to a sexual relationship with Brindle. He says it was consensual.
Cobb superior judge Grant Brantley demanded the tapes be handed over in court. Brindle's attorneys turned the tapes over. Brindle was not present at the hearing.
The judge had the tapes sealed in front of the courtroom and says they will not be released. The rest of the documents in the case will soon be unsealed. The next hearing on the case is set for March 25, 2013.
In his first public statement on the matter, provided to Atlanta Business Chronicle, Rogers said during an eight-year period when he was separated, single and re-married he "had a series of infrequent consensual sexual encounters with my housekeeper"
He also apologized saying he is sorry for the "pain and embarrassment" he caused his family and co-workers and had "no excuse for what I have done."
Below is Rogers' full statement:
Over an almost eight year period when I was separated, single and re-married, I had a series of infrequent consensual sexual encounters with my housekeeper. 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.
My housekeeper started working with me in 2003, and was working fifteen hours per week when she was let go at the end of 2008. She then re-applied and was re-hired as my house manager in late 2009, where she worked until she quit her job in June of this year. Shortly thereafter, on July 16, 2012, I received a letter from her attorney containing false allegations and strong threats. According to her attorneys, she now wants millions of dollars from me.
I am a victim of my own stupidity, but I am not going to be a victim of a crime - extortion. I shared the threatening blackmail letter with my wife and we engaged attorneys to investigate the situation. On September 14, 2012, I initiated court proceedings and my former housekeeper and her attorneys have responded with false allegations, including filing a false Police Report.
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.
I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co workers for my personal behavior and will work hard to regain their trust and respect.
(Atlanta Business Chronicle)