Al Gore Sex Abuse Allegations Lack Sufficient Evidence, Say Portland Police
By Frank Mungeam and David Krough
PORTLAND - Vice President Al Gore was accused of repeated, unwanted sexual contact with a massage therapist at a Portland hotel room in 2006, according to police reports.
The woman told police she was "repeatedly subjected to unwanted sexual touching" in Gore's hotel room at the Hotel Lucia, according to the police report.
Gore was in town to campaign for Governor Ted Kulongoski in October, 2006. Neither Gore nor his representatives could be reached for comment Wednesday. He and his wife Tipper recently announced plans to divorce.
No criminal charges were brought against Gore.
The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office confirmed on Wednesday that the DA's office was briefed by Portland Police in late 2006 and January 2007 on allegations brought by an attorney representing the woman in the alleged abuse incident. At that time, her attorney indicated that the woman did not want to pursue criminal charges. Details: Initial 2006 police report
The woman herself came forward in 2009 and provided Portland Police with a detailed report on the alleged incident.
The masseuse told investigators about an evening massage session during which Gore allegedly became enraged at times and tried to gain sexual favors from the woman.
"I was shocked and I did not massage beyond what is considered a safe, nonsexual area of the abdomen," she said. "He further insisted and acted angry, becoming verbally sharp and loud."
"I went into much deeper shock as I realized it appeared he was demanding sexual favors or sexual behaviors." The woman said Gore grabbed her hand and shoved it toward his pubic area.
She alleged he later tried to have sex with her and began caressing her before she squirmed out of his grasp.
"I did not immediately call the police as I feared being made into a public spectacle and my reputation being destroyed," she said.
"I was not sure what to tell them and was concerned my story would not be believed since there was no DNA evidence from a completed act of rape. I did not even know what to call what had happened to me."
Read: 2009 interviews & police report (GRAPHIC CONTENT, 73 pages)
"The case was not investigated any further because detectives concluded there was insufficient evidence to support the allegations," a Portland Police statement read. More: Read the statement
The National Enquirer was the first to report the incident Wednesday. According to a release, the latest issue of The ENQUIRER reportedly include “secret police documents” obtained by the magazine. The Enquirer report also said that the alleged incident was part of what led to Gore’s recent breaking with his wife of 40 years.
Police say that, back in 2007, they released the initial three-page report regarding the incident after receiving a public records request from the Portland Tribune. An article on the newspaper's web site Wednesday indicated that the paper chose not to report the story at that time, in part due to the woman's desire to remain anonymous.
Police say that, in June 2010, the woman involved contacted detectives and asked for a copy of her statement, which she was given. She then asked if she could edit her statement and was told she could provide detectives with additional clarifications that would be added to her original report. She also advised that she was going to take the case to the media.
The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office said it was not notified until Wednesday that the Portland Police had conducted an additional investigation in 2009, and the DA's office said it only received that longer report on Wednesday.
A spokesman for the Portland Police Bureau said police do not consider this an ongoing investigation unless new evidence is received in this case. However, the District Attorney's Office issued a statement that said: "If the complainant and the Portland Police Bureau wish to pursue the possibility of a criminal prosecution, additional investigation by the Bureau will be necessary and will be discussed with the Portland Police Bureau."
Gore family spokeswoman Kalee Kreider told the AP the former vice president had no comment.
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