published Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Woman who taped sex with Waffle House CEO violated his privacy, Georgia judge says

MARIETTA, Ga. — A Cobb County Superior Court Judge ruled Friday that a woman who secretly recorded herself engaged in a sex act with former Waffle House CEO Joe Rogers illegally violated his privacy.

A former housekeeper for Rogers accused him of forcing her to perform sex acts with him to keep her job. She has said that Rogers tried to force her to have sex with him despite her protests for nearly 10 years. She sued for sexual abuse and emotional distress. The Associated Press does not generally identify alleged victims of sexual assault.

The Marietta Daily Journal reports that Rogers’ attorneys hope the judge’s recent ruling will lead to charges of sexual abuse being dismissed.

Rogers, who is married, stepped down as Waffle House CEO and still serves as chairman of the company’s board of directors. He has acknowledged having consensual sexual encounters with the woman, but has accused her of making false statements against him. Court findings showed the covertly recorded video didn’t imply that Rogers forced the woman to do anything she didn’t want to.

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