The CEO of Waffle House, Joe W. Rogers Jr., reported Tuesday that a former employee who claims the CEO attempted to force her to have sex with him was actually a participant in consensual sex and has been trying to blackmail him. The woman came to Atlanta police last month saying that Rogers demanded she perform sexual acts in exchange for her job for nearly 10 years.
In a written statement, Rogers said “I am a victim of my own stupidity, but I am not going to be a victim of a crime—extortion.” Rogers also claimed that the woman is not telling the truth.
The Waffle House CEO spoke on what really occurred saying, “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.” This woman had worked for Rogers as a housekeeper from 2003 to 2008 for 15 hours a week. She was later rehired as his house manager and ended up quitting her job in June.
Not long after she quit, Rogers received a letter from her attorney which contained the false claims and strong threats. Rogers stated, “According to her attorneys, she now wants millions of dollars from me.”
Apparently the woman stayed in the job and submitted because she couldn’t find another job with comparable pay. After her son received a full college scholarship in June, she gave Rogers her letter of resignation.
The woman also made intimate videotapes involving Rogers without his consent, which the court is demanding she turn over. Roger’s attorney, Robert Ingram, “They were tapes that (she) recorded, which is a crime in the state of Georgia to record somebody when that person had an expectation of privacy and doesn’t consent to the recording.”
Although Rogers claims it was consensual sex, he said he was wrong in having sex with a woman during a period when he was separated and later remarried.
He spoke on the issue saying, “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 went on to say, “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.”