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Al Gore Accused of 'Unwanted Sexual Contact' in 2006, No Charges Filed, Oregon Authorities Confirm

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Authorities in Oregon have confirmed a tabloid report that former Vice President Al Gore was investigated four years ago after a masseuse accused him of "unwanted sexual contact" at a Portland hotel, but the case was not pursued because of a lack of evidence.

The Portland Police Bureau released a statement Wednesday addressing accusations made in 2006, saying the woman was called to Gore's room at Hotel Lucia in October of that year to give him a massage. The police statement came in response to a report earlier in the day in the National Enquirer.

According to the police, a local attorney contacted investigators "and said he had a client that wanted to report an unwanted sexual contact by Mr. Gore." But the alleged victim declined to be interviewed by detectives and the attorney told the police months later "that they were pursuing civil litigation."

Multnomah County District Attorney Michael D. Schrunk also confirmed the report Wednesday, saying his office was contacted by the police after the allegations were made.

"We were told the woman was not willing to be interviewed by the Portland Police Bureau and did not want a criminal investigation to proceed," Schrunk said in a statement.

The police said three years later, in January 2009, that the woman finally came forward and gave a statement about the alleged incident. "The case was not investigated any further because detectives concluded there was insufficient evidence to support the allegations," the police said Wednesday.

Earlier this month, the woman came forward again and asked to amend her original statement. She provided a few more details and "also advised that she was going to take the case to the media," the police said.

A spokesperson for the Gore family declined to comment Wednesday.

The Enquirer story comes three weeks after Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, announced they were separating after 40 years of marriage.

Read the 2006 police report here.
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Joe Holland, Sr.

The problem with allegations made against a well known person like Al Gore is that they are nearly impossible to validate. We have all witnessed the recent unraveling of many famous men based upon their infidelity issues and it would be easy to put the Al Gore allegations in the same pot as these other factual cases of other famous men. However, we simply do not know the truth about this Al Gore incident, and in this country.....truth is the foundation of our judicial system. Why didn't the massage lady go to the authorities immediately and press charges? It appears that money was more of the issue and not the emotional or physical abuse allegation matters. It is sad that these types of allegations are considered true. Maybe these allegations were taken by the tide of other unrelated national events which we all witnessed sweeping away many half-truths into the sea of misinformation?

June 30 2010 at 1:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joe Holland, Sr.

The problem with allegations made against a well known person like Al Gore is that they are nearly impossible to validate. We have all witnessed the recent unraveling of many famous men based upon their infidelity issues and it would be easy to put the Al Gore allegations in the same pot as these other factual cases of other famous men. However, we simply do not know the truth about this incident; and in this country, the proven truth is the foundation of our judicial system.

Why didn't the massage lady go to the authorities immediately and press charges? It appears that money was more of the issue and not the emotional or physical abuse allegations matter. It is sad that these types of allegations are considered true without proof firsthand. Maybe these allegations were taken by the tide of other unrelated national events which we all witnessed sweeping away many half-truths into the sea of misinformation?

June 30 2010 at 12:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
krileyc

So she wasnts a civil suit (money) but doesn't want a criminal investigation ... that right there tells you this is just a shakedown. Shame on any of these news outlets for pursuing this. Doesn't matter what your politics are, this is just plain extortion.

June 28 2010 at 12:28 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
nocstreet

I've been following this woman's story for the last few days in the Oregonian and the more that comes out the more of a 'nut' she sounds like. Before ruining a man's life you need more than what this woman is offering as proof of sexual assault.

June 27 2010 at 9:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeff

Phoney extortion, I believe the victim. I remember hanging chads
in Florida from Al'S machine politics. He can give up his I pod
OH I forgot that's in a river somewhere. Then again he could offer
to take a polygraph test. No he probally wont opt for any of those.
As for the victim not reporting it. She did report it to Portland
Police. Portland is one of the most democratic cities in the nation.

June 26 2010 at 6:07 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
sdwants

So if this happenned Why did she wait so long to go public the timing of the divorce does make one wonder though

June 24 2010 at 8:00 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
cque8

DON'T BELIEVE IT.

June 24 2010 at 5:04 PM Report abuse -7 rate up rate down Reply
vivianlwood

"Our fathers claimed, by obvious madness moved,
Man's innocent until his guilt is proved.
They would have known, had they not been confused,
He's innocent until he is accused." - Ogden Nash

June 24 2010 at 4:15 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
golddbloon

Why did you publish Al Gore's name here, and not his accuser's name ? What if Al is the victim of a phony extortion attempt here ? Does she deserve to have her name protected when we have no idea if her accusation is even true or not ?

June 24 2010 at 3:55 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
djinnjim

RIGHT!! $$$$..

June 24 2010 at 3:25 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

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