Police Re-open Gore Sex Assault Investigation

The Oregonian reports:

Portland police will investigate accusations that Al Gore groped woman

Maxine Bernstein, The Oregonian

Published: Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Portland police said Wednesday that they will reopen and investigate a massage therapist’s allegations that former Vice President Al Gore sexually assaulted her at a downtown hotel in October 2006.

The new stance came as therapist Molly Hagerty went public, telling the National Enquirer in its latest edition that she’s demanding a full police investigation of her complaint…

Police said last week that they considered the case closed unless new evidence surfaced. Police said earlier Wednesday that Hagerty had not contacted them, and they did not explain their decision later in the day to reopen the case…

A Gore family spokeswoman disputed Hagerty’s allegations.

“Further investigation into this matter will only benefit Mr. Gore,” Kalee Kreider said. “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.”

(Okay, Al, just admit it – your temperature was rising faster than the earth’s, tsk tsk tsk)

Hagerty is photographed in the latest edition of the Enquirer, holding the black pants she wore that night. She’s quoted as saying she paid for a DNA analysis of a stain on the pants, which she said was inconclusive. The tabloid article also quoted one of Hagerty’s close friends, Greg Boatman, who said Hagerty contacted him hours after the alleged assault, describing details…

[Hagerty] told investigators that Gore groped her, kissed her and made unwanted sexual advances during a late-night massage session in a suite at the upscale Hotel Lucia. She said she told two friends and kept the clothes she wore that night, including her black pants with stains on them. But police didn’t contact any of the woman’s friends, obtain the potential evidence or interview anyone at the hotel, records show

The district attorney’s office said Wednesday that it had no further comment but stands by its statement last week. Multnomah County District Attorney Michael Schrunk said then: “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.”


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