Waffle House CEO Joe W. Rogers was accused of sexual harassment and on Tuesday, he issued his first statement acknowledging that he did in fact have sexual encounters with a personal employee over an eight-year period. However, he contends the acts were consensual.
“I am a victim of my own stupidity, but I am not going to be a victim of a crime — extortion,” said Rogers in a written statement distributed by his sexual harassment attorney.
The employee, whose name has not been revealed because she has claimed sexual harassment, accused Rogers of fondling her against her will and forcing her to perform sexual acts beginning in 2003. According to the woman, she put up with the incidents because she could not afford to quit her job, but eventually resigned after her son went to college on a full scholarship.
Rogers denies the claims, but apologized for the pain that the “infrequent consensual sexual encounters” had caused his family.
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