|Mye Brindle, David Cohen and John Butters|
A woman and her two attorneys are facing jail time after claiming that she was raped.
Mye Brindle, 47, of Atlanta, Georgia, and her attorneys, David Cohen and John Butters, were indicted after police said they hatched an elaborate plan to extort money from the former Waffle House CEO Joe Rogers.
The indictment alleges that Rogers, 64, was recorded secretly in his bedroom having sex with Brindle behind his wife’s back while she was his housekeeper.
Butters and Cohen are accused of trying to force Rogers to pay millions of dollars to prevent the videos and recordings from being released.
However, Brian Robinson, Brindle's attorney, released a statement saying: “The two attorneys zealously represented their client, a victim of serial sexual abuse by her employer.
“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 claim with police before filing a lawsuit against Rogers. She accused Rogers of forcing her to perform sexual acts on him for nearly 10 years, in order for her to keep her job despite her protests.
However, that backfired when the court found that the secretly recorded video did not imply that Rogers forced the woman to do anything she didn’t want to, according to court documents.
Rogers acknowledged having an affair with Brindle, but he said it was consensual.
Superior Court Judge Robert Leonard learned that the woman’s lawyers sent her to the office of a private investigator, where she was given a spy camera that was used to record Rogers in his bedroom without his consent.
The woman also made 15 audio recordings of sexual encounters and she saved a towel containing DNA from Rogers, in a failed attempt to prove her case.
Brindle, Butters, and Cohen were all charged with conspiracy to commit extortion and conspiracy to commit unlawful eavesdropping.
The district attorney's office said that secretly recording someone in their own bedroom is eavesdropping, which is a serious crime in Georgia. It carries a penalty of one to five years in prison.