Police in Portland, Oregon, say they have reopened their investigation into a massage therapist's allegation that former Vice President Al Gore had "unwanted sexual contact" with her in 2006, a police spokeswoman said Wednesday.
"The Portland Police Bureau has made the decision to reopen the case regarding the allegations brought forward against Mr. Al Gore," Detective Mary Wheat said in a statement issued Wednesday afternoon. "Consistent with our policy regarding open investigations, the Police Bureau will not be commenting on any additional specifics regarding this case at this time."
Thursday, the Portland Police department released a statement clarifying as to why they decided to reopen the Al Gore case.
"In reviewing this case, we have determined there were procedural issues with the 2009 investigation that merit re-opening the case," the police department said in a statement Thursday. "There should have been command level review at the time on the specifics of this case and decisions on whether the investigation should go forward."
Wednesday, the “Gore Camp” (if you will) commented on the renewed interest by the police in this matter. Kalee Kreider, a spokeswoman for the former vice president, stated that a renewed investigation "will only benefit Mr. Gore.”
"The Gores cannot comment on every defamatory, misleading and inaccurate story generated by tabloids," Kreider said. "Mr. Gore unequivocally and emphatically denied this accusation when he first learned of its existence three years ago. He stands by that denial."
The therapist told police in a prepared statement in January 2009 that she was "repeatedly subjected to unwanted sexual touching" by Gore during an October 2006 massage she performed on the former vice president at his hotel room, Portland police disclosed last week.
The department concluded there was not enough evidence to bring charges against the former vice president.
Portland police did not identify the woman, but the National Enquirer (who paid a pretty penny for her torrid tale) identified her on its website as 54-year-old Molly Hagerty
The Inconvenient Truth???
[The following is quoted from the 73 page statement Al Gore's accuser made to police in January 2009. Because the police have not officially released the woman’s name (and despite the recent accuracy record that the Enquirer has been bating these days), Gore’s accuser will be here forth referred to by the pronoun “SHE”.]
According to the document, she got a call from the front desk of the trendy Hotel Lucia on the night of Oct. 24, 2006. She went to Gore's room carrying a folding massage table and other equipment. Gore, whom she had never met, greeted her with a warm embrace. "The hug went on a bit long, and I was taken just a bit aback by it," the masseuse told police. But she went along because Gore "was a VIP and a powerful individual and the Hotel Lucia had made it clear to me by inference that they were giving him 'the royal treatment.'"
Gore said he was tired from travel and described in detail the massage he wanted. It included work on the adductor muscles, which are on the inside of the thighs. "I mentally noted that a request for adductor work is a bit unusual," the masseuse told police, because it can be "a precursor to inappropriate behavior by a male client."
Gore also requested work on his abdomen. When that began, "He became somewhat vocal with muffled moans, etc.," the masseuse recounted. Gore then "demand[ed] that I go lower." When she remained focused on a "safe, nonsexual" area, Gore grew "angry, becoming verbally sharp and loud."
The masseuse asked Gore what he wanted. "He grabbed my right hand, shoved it down under the sheet to his pubic hair area, my fingers brushing against his penis," she recalled, "and said to me, 'There!' in a very sharp, loud, angry-sounding tone." When she pulled back, Gore "angrily raged" and "bellowed" at her.
Then, abruptly, the former vice president changed tone. It was "as though he had very suddenly switched personalities," she recalled, "and began in a pleading tone, pleading for release of his second chakra there."
"This was yet another euphemism for sexual activity he was requesting," she told police, "put cleverly as though it were a spiritual request or something."
She wanted to end the session, but Gore "wrapped me in an inescapable embrace" and "caressed my back and buttocks and breasts." She tried to get away -- in the process calling Gore a "crazed sex poodle" -- but the former vice president was too strong for her.
A little later, she said, Gore produced a bottle of brandy and mentioned there were condoms in the "treat box" provided by the hotel. "He then forced an open mouth kiss on me," she said.
At that moment, the masseuse brought up Gore's long marriage. "How do you rectify this with your wife?" she asked. That brought on another "quick shift" in Gore's mood. "I never saw anybody's moods just go like this," the masseuse told police, snapping her fingers.
The accuser said Gore maneuvered her into the bedroom. His iPod docking station was there, he told her, and he wanted her to listen to "Dear Mr. President," a lachrymose attack on George W. Bush by the singer Pink.
"As soon as he had it playing, he turned to me and immediately flipped me flat on my back and threw his whole body face down over atop of me," she said. "I was just shocked at his craziness."
"He pleaded, grabbed me, engulfed me in embrace, tongue kissed me, massaged me, groped by breasts and painfully squeezed my nipples through my clothing, pressed his pelvis against mine, rubbed my buttocks with his hands and fingers and rubbed himself against my crotch, saying, 'You know you want to do it.'"
She eventually managed to get away from Gore about home as quickly as possible. Once home, she discovered an alleged biological state of her trousers she believes the stain to be from semen left by Gore, who she states numerous times was wearing only an open hotel robe throughout the attack.
The assault on the masseuse…
Usually I like to keep an open mind in these matters, especially when it involves a high profile individual who has had no previous record of such behavior. To me this was just another in a long string of he said she said cases that seems to surround celebrities these days. When the news was originally broken by the National Enquirer, it had followed reports that Gore and his wife Tipper were getting a divorce as well as rumors that the divorce had stemmed from an affair with Larry David's tree hugging ex-wife.
In short nothing really out of the ordinary… Just another horseshit rumor.
Wouldn’t be the first time that a self proclaimed environmental Messiah got him some celebrity skin on the side. Nor would it be the first that a one night fling came back to haunt someone. It’s what all those powerful, “Masters of the Universe” types do and what invariably brings them down.
Besides, his wife is a frump and seems very boring...
But then I heard the audio statement made by Gore's accuser and read the excruciatingly detailed statement she made for police and my mind was changed.
The woman’s statements seemed too “exact”… too “detailed” to be a total horseshit story. And if the rumors (as they have not yet been publicly acknowledged by the police) of her possessing trousers with a little of that Gore baby batter on it are true…
Ooooh man would ol’ Al be fucked… And fucked proper…
See what happens when you get the presidency stolen away from you???
Somewhere in between losing his shot at the White House and his ascension as a messiah of climate change, in my opinion, Al Gore went from a well-meaning public servant to a pussy crazed sexual deviant willing to go to any length to get his cock tugged.
No joke… from world saving superman who would have been king if not for a few hundred elderly yentas voting for the wrong guy to trying to talk some hotel massage chick into shooting off a few knuckle children.
And what’s worse is with his whole Cassandra shtick where he keeps telling all of us that we are killing our world, he could be have himself a harem of hairy legged tree hugging collage aged hippie chicks not only willing to “align his chakras” but no doubt would have also kept their traps shut (or at least not pressed charges).
I personally am of the opinion that Gore fucked up. From the verbiage that the accuser claimed that Gore used during the build up to the whole asking for a tug, one can determine that he had in fact done this before. He knew just what to ask for.
Gluts, abs, and adductors… civilians are not familiar enough with massage tech-ese to pull the words to say “finger my ass, rub my tummy, and juggle my nuts” without getting slapped. This is the order that a man who knows what he wants makes. And the actions the woman claimed that followed- the begging, the anger upon rejection, and the constant need to dominate and overpower- are the actions of a man who does not hear the word “NO” very much.
But even with the woman’s chilling account, with three years between the incident and the investigation, there won’t be much of a case here if the lady don’t make with the cum pants. If she has them, Gore’s spending the next few years talking about climate change from behind glass. If not, then this whole thing very quietly (and expensively) will fade away for Al.
Either way, it will be an interesting few weeks…