ATLANTA -- The CEO of Waffle House says a former employee whoclaims he sexually harassed her was actually a participant in consensualsex and has been trying to blackmail him.

In a written statementTuesday, Joe W. Rogers Jr. said the "infrequent consensual sexualencounters" happened over nearly eight years. Rogers says the womanworked as a housekeeper and house manager, and quit in June.

Hesaid her attorney wrote him in July making "false allegations and strongthreats." He also said she is seeking millions of dollars.

Thewoman filed a complaint against Rogers with Atlanta police on Sept. 28.The Associated Press does not identify alleged victims of sexualharassment.

Rogers and the woman have sued each other. A hearing in one of the lawsuits is scheduled for Wednesday.