Court ordered Brindle’s attorney, David Cohen to pay Rogers $200,000 in legal fees for unnecessary harassment, for filing sealed documents in the open
Brindle who was the house keeper for Rogers, secretly videotaped herself having sex with her employer, and tried to use it to extort cash payments. She was indicted Friday along with Butters and Cohen. The indictment alleges former Waffle House CEO Joe Rogers was secretly videotaped in his bedroom having sex with Brindle.
Presiding 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. The court filings stated that Brindle also made 15 audio recordings of sexual encounters and kept a towel that held Rogers’ DNA.
Butters and Cohen then tried to force Rogers to pay millions of dollars to prevent the recording from being released, the indictment alleges. Rogers and Brindle attempted mediation in 2012. The session blew up when her counsel suggested $12 million, according to court records. A flurry of suits followed.
Brian Robinson, spokesman for Brindle’s attorney, said the indictment sends a “chilling message” to victims of sexual abuse and those seeking help to attain justice.
“The two attorneys indicted zealously represented their client, a victim of serial sexual abuse by her employer,” Robinson said. “These indictments re-victimize the woman who dared to tell the truth about her powerful abuser and smear the attorneys who represented her.”
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.
Brindle was indicted Friday along with Butters and Cohen. The house keeper secretly videotaped herself having sex with her employer, and tried to use it to extort cash payments.
The court found that the covert recording of sexual encounters didn’t imply that Rogers forced the woman to do anything she didn’t want to. In 2013, a judge watched the secretly recorded video and 15 audio recordings that Brindle alleged showed she had been forced into sex with Rogers.
Cobb County Court Judge Robert Leonard II ruled that the housekeeper was a willing participant in the sexual encounter and was not a ‘victim of sexual battery’.
‘The defendant’s arguments that she was a victim of the crime of sexual battery and was permitted to record plaintiff’s actions to gather evidence of a crime is extremely unpersuasive to the court,’ the judge said.
‘The video recording makes it clear that the defendant was a willing participant in the sexual encounter and is not the victim of sexual battery.’
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.