Waffle House CEO in alleged sex scandal
November 10th, 2012
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A former personal assistant of Waffle House's CEO accused him of forcing her to "perform sexual services," among other degrading acts, during her nine years of working for him, according to an Atlanta police report.

Police blacked out the woman's name in the report, but gave a graphic account of her accusation, based on an interview that she gave Atlanta police on September 28. CNN obtained a copy of the police report Friday, as news of the allegations against Joseph Rogers Jr. spread around the media.

Efforts Friday by CNN to reach Rogers, whose father co-founded the Georgia-based 24-hour-diner chain were not successful. Similarly, CNN was unable to reach the man believed to be his lawyer.

Atlanta police did not elaborate on to what extent they've been able to verify the woman's claims, with Sgt. Gregory Lyon saying, "I can tell you that this is an open and ongoing investigation."

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  1. RONI


    November 14, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • Joe

      looks like shes gonna be the only one with a little egg on her face

      November 15, 2012 at 6:22 am |
      • Good Job

        That's not egg.

        November 15, 2012 at 7:08 am |
  2. Stan

    Whoa. Wafflebot.

    November 14, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
  3. tony

    nine years...was she a sexatary?

    November 14, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  4. NavyOfficer

    Wouldn't "other degrading acts" include having to eat at Waffle House?!?!?

    November 14, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • AleeD®


      November 14, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  5. Bendmeover2

    I would have performed the favors and then got some of that money.. LOL!!!!

    November 14, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  6. Jeffrey W. Karrow

    I had a jerk boss that used to threaten to fire me 3 times a week at least. I worked hard for the company and had a good attitude, but finally one day I'd had it and I said "Ray, you can't fire me because I quit, eff you!" I can't believe someone was paid that well to put up with any kind of harassment that long, single parent or not! I would've immediately began submitting resumes and got the H out, I've done it before. Something seems upside down here.

    November 14, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  7. firemansmith

    There is a huge hole in the theory that this woman put up with this behavior for 9 years in order to put her son through college – If there was any truth to what she claims, she could have taken this CEO to the cleaners a LONG time ago and been awarded plenty of money. To choose to stay in a job as a secretary when you could sue and get a fat settlement makes absolutely NO sense.

    November 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
    • JLC

      Amen! 9 years is a long time to put up with sexual assault. All the women that I know would have put a stop to it after the first pass was made. She obviously didnt mind.

      November 14, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • Joe

      Its obvious she liked it!

      November 15, 2012 at 6:24 am |
  8. DonT

    Who really knows but the thing is these days, if you are accused of something like this, you are guilty as hell, until proven innocent and, not only is your family drug through the ringer but it cost tens of thousands of dollars to defend yourself. Something is bad wrong with the system and this is one reason some just go off the deep end and many people get hurt as a result!

    November 14, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • Dc

      Right Jack. Seems like in these times everybody wants to find something like this,to maybe take themselves out of their crappy life. I really don't understand it. Everybody seems to wanna be better than the next guy, and the father they can exploit it the better they like it. Their is an old saying " People in glass house shouldn't through rocks".

      November 14, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  9. Gene

    I guess he wanted her over easy.

    November 14, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • uptake

      It took 9 years to decide if she liked it?

      November 14, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  10. stinkybutt

    Why do these stories have to be covered by the press? I think that any sexual allegations shouldn't be allowed to be covered by the media. What if she is lying? There is too much at stake for allegations to be broadcast without going thorugh the trial process first. This is just ignorant and cruel behavior. If the alleged perpetrator is guilty, let the court system do it's thing and then let the public comment and shred him on the interweb.

    November 14, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  11. baahahahah!!

    Maybe after 9 years His Sausage wasnt SCATTERING her HASHBROWNS the way she liked em anymore!!

    November 14, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  12. J.J.


    CEO hits Intercom button: "Uh, Ms. Jones, please come into my office and shut and lock the door behind you, It's cheesy grits time!".

    November 14, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • Jerv


      November 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  13. Williewhacker

    Nine years of receiving ring baloney, now she's going for the tube steak.

    November 14, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  14. sportees

    Yes, but was scattered, smothered and covered??

    November 14, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  15. OMG

    NINE YEARS? LMAO! Yeah, uh, OK. Her waffle ought to be BLUE by now.

    November 14, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  16. Steve Allen

    Did he show her his sausage link?

    November 14, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  17. An Observer

    Certain laws need to be repealled. People should be required to have recording devices on them. I will NEVER believe this.

    November 14, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • Steve Allen

      Amen this seems a little wierd to mee 9 years and now she comes forward.

      November 14, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
      • Wolfman

        She waited nine years??? How many times must they be reminded......if the erection lasts more than four hours you should call your doctor............gheez!!!!!

        November 14, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  18. Noodleman

    "How do you like like your eggs, scrambled or fertilized?"

    November 14, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • rich

      scattered, smothered, and chunked?

      November 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • Melissa


      November 14, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  19. Susan J. Sager

    Anita and Garrett, especially Anita, you expressed it very well. Something is wrong with this whole picture and much hope the lawyers see it that way and come to the correct conclusion about this woman.

    November 14, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
  20. Mildred

    For all of you who are going "it had to be consensual/she's lying to get money – otherwise she would have left and not let it go on 9 years":

    1 – She waited until her son had graduated high school and was on track with a college scholarship. Since this allegedly started when the son was about 9, I can see a single mom putting up with a lot for a long time to feed and cloth a child.

    2 – You obviously are not aware of the mental and emotional constructs that someone in an abusive relationship puts into place to cope with their life, some of which lock them into continuing that abusive relationship.

    I once had a job and a verbally abusive boss that gave me nightmares and migraines, but I kept going into work because rent and other bills were due.

    As for this case, wait for the court case to play out and find out what happened.

    November 14, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • HarleyGirl@Mildred

      Well said. It is easy to comment on the little bit of facts in this article, and make a biased opinion. You obviously checked out the facts, and commented with some actual knowledge. I say this all the time, use the goggle machine, & do some research. It may actually change your opinion of what you previously thought. Good job, Mildred!

      November 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
    • Norm

      Actually, YOU need to do your homework. She was a housekeeper who he had consensual sex with over an 8 year period of time between marriages. He fired her and then re-hired a few months after before she finally quit several months later. NOW she wants millions of dollars. Why would anyone being sexually mistreated go BACK to the job?? Please stop pointing fingers at others when your own facts are wrong. Thanks

      November 14, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • Yea..right..

      Their are other jobs.Noway would I stay 9 years. What kind of message is that sending to the child? Its ok to be DISRESPECTED to survive? Press charges on him and find work elsewhere. It sure sounds like she is being untruethful letting it go on for 9 years. More like an affair gone bad.

      November 14, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  21. mitzi

    so many sex scandals I can't keep up.
    my former employer e mailed me a link to porn website

    November 14, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
  22. Disgrunted

    Waffle House must be a great place to work if she couldn't find a better job during those nines years working there.

    November 14, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • Mildred

      Get your facts straight – from the other article it's apparent that she wasn't just working in a Waffle House as a cook or cashier (or even a manager). She was a personal assistant/secretary that worked out of his home. Personal Assistants to owners of large business corporations don't make minimum wage.

      November 14, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
      • Norm

        Mildred, sorry but you rfacts/opinions are wrong. This is a money grubbing housekeeper who got fired/re-hired then quit when she smelled money. End of story. Please stop pointing fingers at people when you don't know the whole story.

        November 14, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  23. Drax

    Scattered, smothered, covered, cuddled, kissed, and other action verbs that end in ed that can't be mentioned here.

    November 14, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
  24. Ninja AL

    ....so honey, how was your day at work? "Oh, my boss was grinding me all morning."

    November 14, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • AleeD®@Ninja AL

      Now that was (w)affle. *standing ovation of one*

      November 14, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
  25. dru

    More like a sex scramble.....

    November 14, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
  26. Slowhandkc

    Nine years???????? Come on now, surely after that long, she would have either called the cops, left, killed him, married him or something. It will come out that she was about to get fired, he got a promotion and/or she wanted more out of the deal........................

    November 14, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
    • Mildred

      How does a CEO get a promotion?

      November 14, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • Mildred

      Oh, and the accused is the son of one of the founders...

      November 14, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
  27. robert

    I guess he had to have a little sex with his waffles and coffee.

    November 14, 2012 at 11:47 am |
  28. Rob

    That's just Wawful....

    November 14, 2012 at 11:43 am |
    • Jerv

      Okay, I laughed at that.

      November 14, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  29. chuck barr

    this takes breakfast to a whole new level.

    November 14, 2012 at 11:39 am |
  30. jake

    Was she in charge of the chili sauce?

    November 14, 2012 at 11:17 am |
  31. Scot

    Looks like Black Mail did not work, So let's go to the press, they'll get the job done.

    November 14, 2012 at 11:03 am |
  32. Woww

    How the hell is this a Waffle House sex scandal? It happen at his house not Waffle House. Wow

    November 14, 2012 at 10:50 am |
  33. Garett

    This is the most hilarious crap i've ever read, it took 9 years to realize she was being sexually harassed!! I'm still laughing! The only sad part is what have we've become, when we are so consumed with retaliating, to file bogus charges and go after a person's bank account!!! If the relationship is over, it's over, deal with it, live with it, and move on!!

    November 14, 2012 at 10:49 am |
    • Cyndi

      Garett, couldn't have said it better!

      November 14, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
  34. Anita

    She wasn't coerced for nine years. She enjoyed the benefits and when her job was at jeopardy, or she needed more money to pay for her acrylic nails or drug habit, then she decided to blackmail him. Plain and simple. No one stays at a job for NINE years if they are in a situation like this. I was in a job for 2 hours only, when this situation happened to me. I will never believe she was forced to drive to work and perform sex acts for nine years, and not once did she become suicidal/depressed or fearful. Come on! Where are the people she vented to, about her job? We all vent about how bad our job is, so she must have told someone. Where are those people?

    November 14, 2012 at 10:09 am |
  35. floydhowardjr

    Maybe should be "Awful House" .

    November 14, 2012 at 9:32 am |
    • lsufan

      sounds like the white house

      November 14, 2012 at 11:55 am |


    November 14, 2012 at 9:26 am |
    • TWO TRUTH, Red Truth, Blue Truth

      More like offal house.

      November 14, 2012 at 11:49 am |
  37. Shana

    And she put up with this for NINE years? Who's at fault here? Her for putting up with that for NINE years which leads me to believe it wasn't forced or him for allegedly forcing her for NINE years. Really? NINE YEARS?

    November 14, 2012 at 9:20 am |
    • floydhowardjr

      Who's your boss?

      November 14, 2012 at 9:33 am |
      • cory

        IM DA BOSS

        November 14, 2012 at 11:04 am |
    • lucecannon

      simply put,,,,,nicely said....

      November 14, 2012 at 9:39 am |
    • AleeD®@ Sha Na Na

      You've obviously never worked with abused or battered individuals. Thank you for showing how tolerant & understanding you can be.

      November 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
  38. jiim steil

    ....and did they roll around in flour and syrup?

    November 14, 2012 at 9:13 am |
  39. bill gray

    what has 3 teeth and 6 breasts... the midnight shift @ waffle house :))

    November 14, 2012 at 9:08 am |
  40. april

    i don't believe he forced her at all especially for 9yrs omg the lady didnt go home with him so its not like he kidnapped her she could have told someone and got his butt then . now here is what i believe they were havin a 9 yr affair then something must have happen either he broke it off n didnt want to continue the affair she got mad n this is the only way she can fight to maybe hoping he will come back to her thats what i believe

    November 14, 2012 at 9:07 am |
    • elmer

      april I agree but where I retired from there was one lady that put up with the owner of our company doing the samething for over 15 yrs she gave up her job because her son graduated and no longer needed her job not only that also found out he was having an affair with 2 other ladies of course also his wife found out no charges brought

      November 14, 2012 at 2:08 pm |

    Have sex at Waffle house, I won't even eat there, those places are so gross.

    November 14, 2012 at 9:05 am |
  42. KeithW

    After 9 years? Sounds like someone finally realized they can get more money for the allegations than for the sex...keep them in the kitchen men, keep them in the kitchen

    November 14, 2012 at 9:02 am |
  43. whilly

    What? you can't tip the waitress?

    November 14, 2012 at 9:01 am |
    • KeithW

      Seems he gave her a tip, that is where the problem started

      November 14, 2012 at 9:03 am |
  44. Jeff

    Would that be over easy or scatered and smothered?

    November 14, 2012 at 8:59 am |
  45. scott

    did he want her scattered, smothered and covered?

    November 14, 2012 at 8:53 am |
    • Rowboat

      Smothered, covered, and chunked

      November 14, 2012 at 9:01 am |
  46. Bob

    And the reason for this story?

    November 14, 2012 at 8:51 am |
  47. Lester

    She worked for him for 9 years and now decides to file a complaint, I am sure a hefty law suit is in the works.
    One thing all bosses should remember is the rule that you never have sex with your pay roll it will always bite you in the butt.

    November 14, 2012 at 8:35 am |

    y did it go on for 9 years BS! consential, otherwise; RETALIATION would of taken place a lot sooner.

    November 12, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • edd

      he just wanted her to taste his flavored waffles that's all...XD

      November 14, 2012 at 8:42 am |
    • smrtypnts

      would've is a contraction....it means would have, there is no such phrase as would OF, (or could OF or should OF.....)
      Sorry....just call me a grammer freak.

      November 14, 2012 at 10:25 am |
      • ™©JbJiNg!eŚ®™@grammar freak

        You think you could have spelled it correctly at least...

        November 14, 2012 at 11:06 am |
  49. Tasteless

    That probably tasted like waffles, too.

    November 11, 2012 at 11:19 am |
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