By Calvin Palmer
Police have reopened an investigation into claims by a masseuse that global warming campaigner and former vice president Al Gore groped her in a Portland hotel room in 2006.
Massage therapist Molly Hagerty, 54, said Gore called her to a downtown hotel room where he made unwanted sexual advances and acted like a “crazed sex poodle.” Police said further investigation did not take place due to “insufficient evidence to support the allegations”.
Portland Police have not given a reason as to why they are reopening the case.
Last week, District Attorney for Multnomah County Michael Schrunk confirmed Gore had been accused of “unwanted sexual contact” in late 2006 and early 2007.
“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.
A spokeswoman for the Gore family said in a statement that further investigation “will only benefit Mr Gore”.
“The Gores cannot comment on every defamatory, misleading, and inaccurate story generated by tabloids,” the statement said. “Mr Gore unequivocally and emphatically denied this accusation when he first learned of its existence three years ago. He stands by that denial.”
Gore, 62, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, announced last month he was separating from wife Tipper after four decades of marriage.
It seems strange that this woman should initially refuse to be interviewed by detectives at the time of the alleged assault and even stranger that the police decide to re-open the investigation almost four years later.
I suspect some hidden agenda may be at work and it more than likely involves money. Hagerty has been reported as wanting $1 million for her story.