Portland police re-opening Al Gore investigation

Al Gore

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Former Vice President Al Gore has been accused of "unwanted sexual contact" by a massage therapist in Oregon.




Posted on June 30, 2010 at 7:41 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 30 at 8:09 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Police Bureau said Wednesday they have made the decision to re-open the case of sex abuse allegations against former Vice President Al Gore.

The massage therapist who accused former Gore of sexual assault at a Portland hotel is going public — and Gore denied the allegations Wednesday.

"Consistent with our policy regarding open investigations, the Police Bureau will not be commenting on any additional specifics regarding this case at this time," a statement read Wednesday.

Molly Hagerty, 54, makes new claims about her encounter with Gore in the latest issue of the National Enquirer.

She says she has evidence of the attack, including DNA from a pair of pants she was wearing that night four years ago.

The woman told police that Gore engaged in repeated, unwanted sexual contact while she was giving him a massage at the Hotel Lucia in Portland in October of 2006. During the initial police investigation, she declined to provide further details or press charges. In 2009, she came to police and provided a lengthy statement describing the alleged abuse.

Gore family spokesperson Kalee Kreider issued a statement denying the allegations on Wednesday.

"Further investigation into this matter will only benefit Mr. Gore. 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."

Portland Police investigated her claims in 2007 and again in 2009 and determined there wasn't enough evidence to pursue the case. Police told KGW they never interviewed Gore.

Hagerty revealed her identity in an interview published Tuesday in the National Enquirer, in which she's quoting as saying: "Al Gore is a pervert and sexual predator."

KGW Reporter Anne Yeager contributed to this story.