Waffle House chairman sues accuser’s lawyers
by Emily Boorstein
June 10, 2014 04:00 AM | 4516 views | 2 2 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Joe Rogers Jr.
Joe Rogers Jr.
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John Butters
John Butters
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Hylton Dupree
Hylton Dupree
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David Cohen
David Cohen
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MARIETTA — Waffle House Chairman Joe Rogers is suing three Marietta attorneys, alleging they and their law firms conspired to extort money from him.

Marietta attorney Hylton Dupree Jr., one of the three attorneys named in the complaint, called the claims “baseless,” saying the “allegations are an act of desperation. We will respond in court at the appropriate time.”

The lawsuit was filed in Cobb Superior Court on May 30 and names David Cohen and John Butters — who both have offices in the Murray House on Powder Springs Street just south of the Marietta Square — and Dupree, whose offices are off of Roswell Street near the Marietta National Cemetery.

Rogers is represented by William Hill from Polsinelli PC’s Atlanta office.

The lawsuit is connected to a case involving Rogers’ former housekeeper, Mye Brindle.

A Cobb Superior Court judge ruled in June 2013 Brindle violated Rogers’ privacy when she unlawfully recorded video of them engaging in a consensual sex act at Rogers’ home.

Her attorneys helped her to obtain the video by setting her up with a private investigator, who provided Brindle with a video recorder disguised to look like a cellphone, the lawsuit says.

The suit alleges says the video was recorded to “force Rogers to pay exorbitant sums under the threat that they would disclose publicly the sexual encounters which had occurred between Brindle and Rogers.”

Once the recording was made, Brindle’s attorneys sent what the lawsuit calls an extortion letter signed by Cohen.

The lawsuit also says the defendants claimed they had multiple video recordings of Brindle and Rogers involved in sexual acts when in reality, Rogers’ attorneys counter, they only had one.

Cohen, Butters and Dupree are being sued for invasion of privacy, conspiracy, infliction of emotional distress, racketeering and negligence, as well as for any law expenses a trial would incur.

For each of the charges, the lawsuit says Rogers deserves to be paid damages, the amount of which would be determined in court.

Calls made late Monday afternoon to the Cohen and Butters were not returned by press time.

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Just Wait
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June 10, 2014
Rogers was probably guilty as charged, but I really like the idea of going after sleazy lawyers.
Blackmail lawyers
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June 11, 2014
Of course Rogers did wrong but he has rights and these lawyers think they are above the law. Dupree has a long sleazy history to match the harlot that he represented. Blackmail is illegal no matter how wrong the person being blackmailed may be.
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