Waffle House CEO Accused of Forcing Assistant to Perform Sex Acts
The incidents allegedly occurred during her tenure as the executive's personal assistant.
The Atlanta Police Department is investigating allegations that Waffle House CEO Joe W. Rogers Jr. of Buckhead repeatedly forced an Acworth woman to perform sex acts on him during her time as Rogers' personal assistant.
According to the Marietta Daily Journal, which first reported the investigation, Mye Brindle worked out of Rogers' Buckhead home as his assistant from 2003 until May 2012. It was at that Chatham Road home that the 43-year-old single mother said most of the alleged acts occurred, according to an incident report that the Atlanta Police Department emailed to Acworth Patch.
“As a condition of Brindle’s employment, and against Brindle’s will, Rogers willfully, repeatedly and with specific intent to harm and oppress Brindle, required Brindle to perform sexual services,” Atlanta police wrote in the incident report.
Beginning in 2003, this happened "once or twice a month," Brindle told police.
She was never involved in a romantic relationship with Rogers, but "Brindle endured the sexual harassment and assault by Rogers for a number of years because she could not find work of comparable pay, because her child's father abandoned them, left the country and left Brindle to her son on her own without any financial contribution whatsoever," she told police.
Brindle worked as Rogers' assistant until May, but didn't officially resign until June 29, according to the incident report.
She quit "shortly after her son graduated from high school and was awarded a full athletic scholarship to college, relieving her of certain financial dependency relating to his well-being."
That is when the alleged sex acts stopped, Brindle told police.
More than two months after Brindle resigned, Rogers sued her on Sept. 14 in Cobb County Superior Court. Brindle countered with a suit of her own on Sept. 19 in Fulton County State Court. Both suits are sealed, according to the MDJ.
Brindle went to the Atlanta Police Department on Sept. 28.
"No charges have been filed," Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos said in an email to Acworth Patch. "It is an open investigation."
Rogers' attorney Robert D. Ingram could not be reached for comment today. In January, Rogers was named to Georgia Trend's list of "100 Most Influential Georgians."
A PDF version of the Atlanta Police Department incident report is under the YouTube clip attached to this story.