A little over a week after a hotel masseuse went public with claims former Vice President Al Gore sexually assaulted her in his hotel room in 2006, the Portland, Ore. police bureau says it will reopen the case.
The 54-year-old masseuse claimed Gore forced “unwanted sexual contact,” but police at the time concluded there was insufficient evidence to support the allegations.
"The Portland Police Bureau has made the decision to re-open the case regarding the allegations brought forward against Mr. Al Gore," a statement posted on the Portland Police Bureau's website Wednesday said.
"Consistent with our policy regarding open investigations, the Police Bureau will not be commenting on any additional specifics regarding this case at this time," the site read.
The bombshell case was first reported in the July 5 edition of the National Enquirer. The tabloid is offering a follow this week with new claims that it has evidence and witnesses that will backup the story.
A family spokeswoman said Wednesday that the Gores welcomed the new investigation.
"Further investigation into this matter will only benefit Mr. Gore," Kalee Kreider said in a release. "The Gores cannot comment on every defamatory, misleading, and inaccurate story generated by tabloids. Mr. Gore unequivocally and emphatically denied this accusation when he first learned of its existence three years ago. He stands by that denial."
Al and Tipper Gore announced June 1 that they would be separating after 40 years of marriage.