Masseuse Claims Al Gore Made "Unwanted Sexual Contact" With Her
We're now learning that former Vice President Al Gore was accused by a masseuse of having "unwanted sexual contact" with her in 2006, but no charges were ever filed and police say they closed the case because there was "insufficient evidence to support the allegations."
A Gore spokeswoman says she has "no comment." But the story is picking up steam.
In a just-released police report , the 54-year-old masseuse claims that "during the course of this massage session, Al Gore did sexually assault me in his room."
Portland's KGW Newschannel 8 reporter Pat Dooris said, "In the police reports, the masseuse herself tells officers that she didn't come forward earlier because she felt her reputation would be ruined and her future as a masseuse would be in danger."
The incident allegedly took place at the boutique Lucia hotel in Portland, Oregon, in October, 2006, while Gore was in town for a speech on global warming. Gore campaigned with Oregon's governor the very next day.
The masseuse says she was summoned to a suite where Gore was staying under the name "Mr. Stone" and he greeted her by saying "call me Al."
In the police report , she claims Gore allegedly behaved like a "crazed sex poodle." She says she tried to distract him with a box of chocolates, when he "flipped me on my back, threw his whole body face down on top of me, pinning me down." At which point she protested by saying, "get off me, you big lummox!"
Attorney Mickey Sherman said, "Too much time has gone by. It looks like she picked the wrong guy to call a 'big lummox.' "
But it took the masseuse nearly two months to contact police, and then she cancelled three different appointments with detectives.
Her lawyer told INSIDE EDITION, "My client had a change of heart and decided not to proceed with the case. I am no longer representing her," said her former attorney Randall Vogt.
In 2009, she contacted police again and gave them the statement that was leaked to the National Enquirer , which this week, published a blurred photo of Gore's accuser, who reportedly had offered to sell her story for $1 million.
Portland police said in a statement issued last night, "The case was not investigated any further because detectives concluded there was insufficient evidence to support the allegations."
The statement added that the woman contacted police again earlier this month and told them quote "She was going to take the case to the media."
The Portland Tribune newspaper investigated the allegations in 2007, and decided not to go with the story.
Mark Garber, Executive Editor of the Portland Tribune said, "We decided there was not enough sufficient documentation or evidence that we could proceed with a story."
Al Gore was never interviewed by police.
Sherman said, "They still believe that if you got arrested or if you got accused, you probably did something wrong, and that's going to be the problem with Al Gore."