Woman says Waffle House CEO forced her into sex acts to keep her job - View the APD incident report
by Kim Isaza
November 09, 2012 12:30 AM | 27052 views | 18 18 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Atlanta Police are investigating allegations by an Acworth woman that Joe W. Rogers Jr., the chief executive officer of Waffle House, forced her to perform sexual acts on him against her will while she was employed as his personal assistant for eight years.

Sgt. Tyus of the APD special victims unit told the Journal on Wednesday that there is an open investigation into the allegations that My Brooke Brindle made to Atlanta Police on Sept. 28. Tyus said Rogers has not yet been interviewed in the investigation.

“It’s still in the preliminary stages,” Tyus said.

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Brindle, 43, of Acworth, told police that most of the forced sex acts occurred at Rogers’ home on Chatham Road in Buckhead.

Robert Ingram, of Marietta’s prominent Moore Ingram Johnson and Steele law firm, represents Rogers, but said he needed to seek direction from the court on whether he could comment. Rogers sued Brindle in Cobb Superior Court on Sept. 14, but all the documents have been sealed and the sides agreed not to speak to the media about the case.

“As you can imagine, his version of events is much different than hers,” Ingram said.

Brindle filed suit against Rogers in Fulton State Court on Sept. 19, though all documents in that case have also been sealed. Last week, Brindle’s lawyers appealed the Fulton sealing order to the Georgia Supreme Court. That court e-mailed the case file to the Journal just before it was sealed there as well.

David Cohen, a lawyer for Brindle, declined to comment for this story.

Brindle told Atlanta Police that she is a single mother with a high school education and worked as Rogers’ personal assistant from 2003 until May 2012. Her job was to manage the day-to-day operations of Rogers’ estate, and her workplace was Rogers’ home. Her allegations to police indicate Rogers is in his early 60s.

“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,” according to the police incident report. “Rogers frequently appeared naked in front of Brindle. … Rogers treated Brindle as subservient and required Brindle to perform these various sexual acts on him as a condition of her employment.”

Brindle also alleged to the police that Rogers forced her to perform sex acts on him approximately once or twice a month, and that he attempted on numerous occasions to force himself upon her. She repeatedly told him no, according to the police report.

“Brindle was forced to endure the harassment and demeaning treatment by Rogers because she was a single mother and needed her job to support herself and her son,” according to the police report. “Brindle endured the sexual harassment and assault by Rogers for a number of years because she could not find work of comparable pay, (and) because her child’s father abandoned them.”

Brindle quit her job with Rogers on June 29, 2012, according to the police report.

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Hearyehearye
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November 14, 2012
Mr. Rogers is a very good businessman and my guess is he may very well end up owning this newspaper before this whole sordid affair ends. I think it was wrong to publish this story from the very beginning and certainly wrong to publish the police report that her lawyer essentially narrated which makes your newspaper complicit with this shakedown scheme at the worst and at the very least party to a sleazy lawyer trick. Better lawyer up boys.
Pam J
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November 10, 2012
She was forced to do things to him for nine years? I am sorry, but I won't think that any woman that has a brain would have stay for nine years if this was happening. Did she try to find another job? Unless he chained her in his house, she was free to go. Maybe he did it, but I am willing to blame her for letting him. Over and over again.
Hearyehearye
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November 10, 2012
If he wasn't such a prominent Republican this would have never made the news and certainly not the embedded police report with the racy details. Very unprofessional of the police officer and his supervisor. Likewise sleazy of the Marietta Journal. I hope he turns this over to the FBI for the extortion case that it seems to be.
elizabethmills39
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November 09, 2012
Wow. I once heard don't believe everything u think.

Just because you hear a one sided story means that you automatically condemn a man for what you think. Well I'm hear to tell you your mind plays tricks on you. What if Joe himself had filed this report. Would you them condemn the women?

Fact is, we have yet to hear from Mr. Rogers himself. So keep an open mind. We don't know what the original suit was for... do we? I think we can expect a released statement from Joe and then let's make our assumptions.

Joe, as the heir to the famous and oh so good Waffle House

Is subject to hainess allegations. He's a public figure in Atlanta. I hope the truth comes out and we do find out about Mr. Rogers and his personal activities are nothing of our concerns.

This is a family matter and I believe we should respect the families of both parties in keeping an open and making a judgement after the judge has.

Truthseeker X
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November 09, 2012
So much for innocent to proven guilty...

Nitwits.
Retired LEO
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November 09, 2012
I'm a long time LEO who is now retired. I have issues with this report but they may be able to be explained away. She walks in to a police precinct at midnight to file her report, 9 years after it started, 5 months after she quit and a month after the lawsuit. There are not dates other than "about 2003 (or another year)". Even the harrassing part is not explain in detail. The officer wrote the report as if were fact and not what she was telling them. Because of the time span there is no evidence. Details are sketchy at best. She reports an incident that happened at Sea Island, way out of APD's jurisdiction years ago. To me this looks like a "my lawyer wanted this report for court" report. No sex crimes unit responded or was notifed, just an "general" investigator. There's nothing as this report stands that can be used to obtain an arrest warrant for anybody or to prosecute anyone as it is. Victims of sex crimes may have holes or gaps in their stories, but there's way too many here.
hot moma
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November 09, 2012
they have never cared about there employees when they got rob or had to have serg,because of there job. i no this to be true.
SteveJ7635
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November 09, 2012
I wonder if this will qualify the Waffle House CEO for the eBossWatch list of America's Worst Bosses...
TheLookingGlass
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November 08, 2012
It is amazing that such a powerful and influential man can meet the oh so high bar of having a case sealed from the public..... Who is getting protected from the public..... The victim ???? Why does Mr. Waffle House need protection !!!!! Surely there is more to come.
concerned1now
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November 08, 2012
Responding to the post re: just walking away from your boss. I've worked for powerful men my entire life. They have a way of intimidating employees. Say what you will that it is wrong but it happens all the time. Let's think about this, if my boss gave me a bad reference my career would be over. I'm sure the truth will come out. Powerful men often feel they can demand anything. I will follow this closely. Waffle House has had many issues with sexual harrassment.
Just wondering
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November 08, 2012
So much left unsaid at the moment. Details will no doubt emerge.

But theoretically, she could've sued or had him arrested from the get-go.....it's what I would've done if my "boss" forced me into something, or walked around nude. I wouldn't have waited a week, let alone 9 years.

Very strange. And, as always, I feel sorry for the kid.
Dee27
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November 08, 2012
Seriously, a woman with a high school education that was sued by him on September 14, then she counters him with this crap less than a week later.

This one isn't hard to figure out. She's just money digging and I hope she has to pay him for tarnishing his reputation and name with such serious allegations over her misguided anger.

People never cease to amaze me.
Angrymeatball
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November 08, 2012
Um, sorry to correct you, but this man has made sexual advances to his own employees. I know.
Angrymeatball
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November 08, 2012
So what you are saying is that people with no higher education are liars and digging for money? I have no higher education and make more money than a lot of people with higher education. Talk about ignorant judgment at its finest.
InsiderOntheSubject
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November 08, 2012
Trust me, there's more truth in that than you know
JVD
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November 08, 2012
smoothered and covered...............
Bob Bummer
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November 08, 2012
Sounds like the woman will be getting a big payout from the Waffle House real shortly. If it is true then she deserves to be compensated.
Georgia Peach
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March 12, 2013
I personally hope that she gets as much as he paid the woman in Texas. But in view of inflation she should probably get at least three time more.Check it out!
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