Three weeks after Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, announced their separation, the former vice president is facing allegations he forced “unwanted sexual contact” on a massage therapist at an upscale Portland hotel in October 2006.
The National Enquirer first reported the story on the cover of its July 5 edition, and the Portland Police Bureau confirmed that it had investigated the allegations.
“In December 2006, a local attorney contacted the Portland Police Bureau and said he had a client that wanted to report an unwanted sexual contact by Mr. Gore,” the police statement said. “This allegation stemmed from an incident on Oct. 24, 2006, when the woman involved, a Licensed Massage Therapist, was called to a local hotel to provide a massage to Mr. Gore.”
Sexual assault detectives opened an investigation and attempted to get a statement from the victim. After three canceled interviews, the woman’s attorney told police they had decided to pursue civil litigation.
But in early 2009, the woman changed courses and met with detectives. She gave police a very detailed description of her encounter with Gore at the Hotel Lucia.
Portland police released Wednesday a 73-page file that included transcripts of the interview in which the masseuse read a lengthy prepared statement. She described being fondled, groped and tongue kissed.
During the massage the woman said Gore shoved her right hand “under the sheet to his pubic hair area, my fingers brushing against his penis.” When she refused his advances, she said he became angry and continued to make inappropriate sexual advances as she attempted to pack her things.
After interviewing the woman, police concluded there was insufficient evidence to support the allegations.
The masseuse contacted police earlier this month when to ask for a copy of her statement, which she told police she was going to take to the media. She then asked if she could edit her statement and was told she could give clarifications that would be added to her original report.
On Wednesday, law enforcement confirmed their decision not continue the investigation. They said they would not reopen the file unless “new evidence is received.”
Gore family spokeswoman Kalee Kreider told the Associated Press that the former vice president has no comment.