Al Gore and His Accuser

Al Gore and His Accuser

We're learning new details from Al Gore himself about the night a masseuse claims the former Vice President sexually assaulted her.

A source tells The Washington Post that Gore confirms he got a therapeutic massage inside his hotel room, and that it was likely from the woman now making the shocking allegation.

Gore was staying in a suite at the Hotel Lucia in Portland, Oregon, in 2006, and the source told the newspaper, "Gore remembers getting a massage without incident and the therapist leaving on good terms."

The bill was $540, including a 20 percent tip that the masseuse later submitted to the hotel.

The National Enquirer, which first published the woman's allegations, says she asked for one million dollars to tell her story, but "no money exchanged hands."

In a police statement, the masseuse said that Gore behaved like a "crazed sex poodle" but detectives concluded there was "insufficient evidence to support the allegations" and dropped the case, Gore was never charged.

Now the masseuse's best friend is coming forward to defend the woman's name.

"He was looking for one goal and one goal only and it wasn't just a relaxing massage.  It was to have sex with somebody."  Donna Burleigh runs an exotic bird rescue center outside Portland.

She told INSIDE EDITION the masseuse is in seclusion and is having a difficult time because her credibility is being questioned.

"She is not out for money.  She just wants him to be accountable for his actions," Burleigh said.

A Gore family spokesperson will only say "no comment" about the allegations.