A judge in Fulton County, Georgia, made the decision to dismiss one of the two charges that have been lodged against a pair of attorneys and their client that stands accused of illegally recording a sex tape that could later be used to as the basis for a future lawsuit.
The unlawful eavesdropping charge that was levied against the trio was dropped by Judge Henry Newkirk. The client for the lawyers, Mye Brindle, was employed by Waffle House Chief Executive Officer Joe Rodgers Jr. as a housekeeper. The video that was recorded reportedly shows Brindle engaged in a sexual act with Rogers.
Brindle attorneys John Butters and David Cohen are still charged with violation of state eavesdropping laws that prohibit the recording of videos in a private location.
A lawyer for Brindle, defense attorney Reid Thompson makes the assertion that her client is a ‘victim’ and characterized the sexual act as just another ‘chore’ that she was required by her employer to perform. Thompson continued her explanation of her client’s actions by saying that Brindle was forced to make a decision that many women have to make in order to keep her job.
Thompson says that Brindle decided on recording the sexual acts she engaged in with Rodgers because he is a rich and powerful man and she felt vulnerable to his power.
Attorneys for Butters and Cohen argue that the pair of lawyers provided Brindle with proper legal advice and felt at the time that the actions undertaken were the right things to do.
Newkirk previously dismissed the entire case brought against the three defendants in 2016. In November, the Supreme Court in Georgia reinstated the Eavesdropping charges but agreed with Newkirk about the dismissal of extortion charges.
Rodgers has maintained throughout the ordeal that the sexual relationship he had with Brindle was consensual and the recordings were a crime of opportunity.