Police reopen sex case against Al Gore, is his accuser telling the truth? (update)

Al Gore, a U.S. former vice-president and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, gestures in front of a monitor during his lecture on climate change inside a mall in Manila June 8, 2010. Al Gore arrived in the capital on Tuesday to deliver lecture on climate change, part of the world's environment day celebration. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES - Tags: POLITICS ENVIRONMENT)
Neither Kaiser nor I wanted to cover this follow-up to the Enquirer’s story about a masseuse accusing former Vice President Al Gore of sexual assault. We’re covering it, obviously, although I doubt much will come of this story. The details in the original story are both ridiculous and disturbing. Last year, a masseuse claimed that she was sexually assaulted by Gore at a hotel in Portland, Oregon, when she came to his room for an in-house call. The alleged incident occurred in October, 2006. In a statement to police taken in January, 2009, the masseuse said that Gore was aggressive and inappropriate in his pursuit of her, forcing her hands down his pants, rubbing up against her, and flipping her over to lay on top of her on the bed. There’s the question of why it took the woman so long to come forward, but Radar Online claims that she did report the incident to police soon after it happened and that police decided to pursue the case for some reason last year. The case was closed at that time, but has recently been reopened now that it’s received so much publicity. The massage therapist has also decided to go public with her real name and identity.

Portland police have re-opened their probe into a sexual assault case from 2006 involving former Vice President Al Gore and licensed massage therapist Molly Hagerty.

As RadarOnline.com has previously reported, the massage therapist, 54, gave a statement to police last year, in which she described an encounter with Gore at a luxury hotel in Portland, Oregon in October 2006.

Hagerty has claimed that the former Vice President repeatedly attempted to have sex with her at the hotel. In her statement, she called Gore a “crazed sex poodle.”

The Portland Police Department would not make specific comments regarding the investigation.

“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 department said.

In a statement released Thursday, a Gore family spokesperson issued a strongly worded denial.

“Further investigation into this matter will only benefit Mr. Gore,” family spokesperson Kalee Kreider told People.

“Mr. Gore unequivocally and emphatically denied this accusation when he first learned of its existence three years ago.

“He stands by that denial.”

[From Radar]

I listened to some of the police tapes of the woman reading a statement about the alleged attack, they’re available in two parts here, and she sounds somewhat believable. It’s hard to tell, though, and it’s suspicious that she goes into so much minute detail. Some of the things she said were over the top. For instance “I surveyed the two rooms briefly to determine which offered the maximum space and warmth, etc. for a massage session. He suggested the bedroom but I chose the main room, which was larger… more room for me to move about the massage table… it had the warmth and lighting ambiance of a gas fireplace which is ideal for massaging near in the late part of October in Portland.”

Radar reports that she contradicted herself at some points in her story when the police questioned her. She also used strange colloquialisms when describing the incident, saying she called Gore a “crazed sex poodle” and a “big lummox” for instance. The most damning detail, though, is that the woman reportedly wanted to sell her story for $1 million. A friend backs up her story though and claims the masseuse is “not out for money.” The National Enquirer also denies paying her, and says they found the story through a tip.

I found her testimony strange, way too long, and kind of bragging about what a great masseuse she was. She went into such agonizing detail about minor massage and body issues. She charges over $500 an hour so she presumably knows what she’s doing. Is she telling the truth, though?

Maybe this happened, but unless the pants this woman saved have any of Gore’s seminal fluid on them we might never know. I doubt the police will figure it out, either.

Update: The print edition of the National Enquirer is more clear when it comes to the timeline of when the alleged incident was reported and why it took so long to come to light. Here’s an excerpt from their story on that. It also includes some quotes from the therapist, who chose to come forward with her real name, Molly Hagerty, and be photographed. She said “Al Gore is a pervert and sexual predator. He needs to be stopped… He turned from Mr. New Age into a pervert.”

Hagerty reported the encounter to Portland police in 2006, but after she and her attorney canceled multiple interviews, her lawyer said they would pursue the matter in civil court, and police dropped the issue.

Still seething, the woman – who had worked as a licensed massage therapist for 15 years – went back to police in 2009, and they did an extensive interview with her, which they recently released. No charges were brought against Gore – but police have indicated they would reopen the case if new evidence emerges. [Ed note: the case has been reopened, see story above.]

[From The National Enquirer, print edition, July 12, 2010]

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore gestures during an interview at the Italian television program Che tempo che fa in Milan April 24, 2010. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo (ITALY - Tags: PROFILE POLITICS)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 12:  Al Gore poses with his book  'Our Choice'  at Book Soup Book Signing Event at the Saban Theate on November 12, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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  1. JaisyMaisy says:

    Okay, I don’t ever want to hear the words “seminal fluid” and “Al Gore” together again! This is all soooo gross!

  2. tiki says:

    gore is a public figure (for all intents and purposes, happily married at the time) who was alone in a room with a woman at 11:00 at night. at best, he demonstrated exceedingly poor judgment. at worst, some type of inappropriate behavior on his part occurred. the truth probably lies somewhere between his denial that anything happened and her bizarre account. bottom line, the man misbehaved in some form or fashion. he has a long history of odd behavior.

  3. snowball says:

    If the pants are gooey, it’s not kablooey.

  4. Celebitchy says:

    lol @snowball!

  5. P.J. says:

    I’d bet anything this is totally political. I wonder who is paying this masseuse to go public, and how much is she getting for it? I sure hope the tabloids “follow the money!” Probably the oil industry that stands to lose a lot of money if Al Gore’s “green” ideas get adopted.

  6. gg says:

    Gross-gross-gross!! Just let me know when it’s over!

    lmao @ snowball ! :lol:

  7. danielle says:

    why would you call someone who attacked you a crazed sex poodle? Gore’s not a small man, I would think that would be terrifying.

  8. andrea says:

    omg, snowball, you could take on johnnie cochran with that one. :)

  9. Henriette says:

    I have no idea if this is true or not, but I doubt it. That being said, I do agree with Tiki – bad judgment on Gore’s part to have a massage at 11PM with no one else in the room. Sadly, we live in an age where it reflects badly on a rich & famous guy when he’s dumb enough to be alone in his hotel room with an unknown woman, whether or not he acts like a complete gentleman when she’s there.

    I’m betting she’ll get paid off soon to change her story. He’s wildly rich and wants this to go away.

  10. RhymesWithSilver says:

    Ick. “Sex crazed poodle”? “Big lummox”? Who talks like that? Seriously, I’m work with words for a living and that’s just weird.

    And the public loves a scandal. But a sex scandal with Al Gore?! Nobody ordered that! Send it back!

  11. Marjalane says:

    Like the police re-open investigations on a whim? From what I’ve read there’s DNA evidence as well. Al Gore is a nutjob and I can’t wait to see him publicly humiliated.

  12. gg says:

    ^^ LOL, send it back.

    Maybe he can exchange some carbon credits for her to make it go away.

  13. Danielle says:

    I’m not an Al Gore fan or anything but I really hope this isn’t true. I need to believe that somewhere, there is an upstanding man who has respect for others. They seem to be few and far between.

  14. Leticia says:

    @gg, love your comment about exchanging carbon credits.

    @tiki, totally agree with your analysis.

    @marjalane, love your directness.

    both this scandal and the Mel Gibson scandal are going to be highly entertaining…

  15. yae says:

    Isn’t that how most of these elite pukes are?

    The general public exists only to make them richer, clean their glasses or rub their pee-pees on.

  16. RobN says:

    The Enquirer has announced that the woman passed a polygraph test or they wouldn’t have printed it. Soon after the incident, the Gore’s placed all their properties in a LLC to protect them from being seized to satisfy personal debts. Sorry to those that love him, but the Enquirer had it right with Edwards, they had it right with Tiger, and they’re probably right with this one, too. The fact that it’s just gross is a separate issue.

  17. Twez says:

    I swear this story gives me the dry heaves.

  18. Tess says:

    @ yae,

    Truer words were never spoke.

  19. Marjalane says:

    It just tickles me to death that Al is getting it tossed back in his big ugly face! The Enquirer wouldn’t have taken on another dirtbag lib Presidential candidate if they didn’t have the goods and oh! excuse me, but I believe I mentioned when this first came out about his divorce that this, (the divorce) was all about trying to hang on to his major cash- it all went into Tippers name because he is going to have to defend this case AND all his global warming B.S.. Love it, love it, love it! Couldn’t happen to a smarmier guy.

  20. Vibius says:

    Is the 500 dollar amount typical? The few times I have gone to one it was half that. Then again Ive never been to a happy ending one. The only ones I found online for 500ish were “incalls” between “consenting adults”

  21. CandyKay says:

    It sounds like he made a sincere mistake – he thought he’d ordered the “happy ending” type of masseuse and had actually ordered (or someone had ordered for him) the massage-only type. And I don’t think the time of day should be held against him. A non-sexual masseur, particularly at the high end of the price spectrum, could be expected to show up whenever it suited the client.

    I’ve never been an Al Gore fan, but I don’t think his entire career should be negated because of a brief, drunken lapse of judgement with an attractive woman.

    Building himself a oversize, energy-guzzling house while telling everyone else it is imperative to save resources – that’s another story.

    That house took years to build, all of which time he was happy to put his selfish needs before those of the planet.

    That’s the kind of hypocrisy that really defines a man.

  22. mln says:

    Ok no one charges 500 bucks for a massage after 11 pm in a hotel room

    and a professional LMT would never ever massage a drunk person

  23. George says:

    The evidence is clear, she is way too fugly to have anyone, even Al Gore hit on her. It is a desperate bid for attention, and or, money that it her motivation. For God’s sake, it is obvious that she hasn’t had a proper shagging in over thirty years!

  24. Roma says:

    @George: Maybe you have higher standards, but lots of men I know would be willing to knock with the ugliest of chicks – as long as no one knows.

  25. EMV says:

    I would not be surprised if this is true. He has lied and has never practiced what he preached. Not to mention that he is a politian, which says enough. The truth always comes out even if it’s inconvenient….

  26. Julia says:

    Marja, he doesn’t have to defend “his” global warming “b.s.”. He’s not the one who first observed global warming, nor is he a scientist who conducted studies on it. He is just trying to bring it into the public consciousness. If you discount an environmental danger because you think it’s purely political fodder, you do a disservice to yourself and future generations. The only reason it’s political at all is because there are so many powerful and wealthy businesspeople on the right whose interest it is in for pollution standards to be low and who make money off of oil. Saying it’s bs because you don’t care for Al Gore is a bit like saying you refuse to recycle because Clinton sucks. Doesn’t follow logically. :)

  27. denise says:

    Al Gore is a perv.
    LOL@ Snowball’s comment.

  28. denise says:

    LMAO!! I hope this thread comes up, if not, go to hollywoodrag.com for a hilarious recreation of the Al Gore incident.

  29. Jenny says:

    i saw a picture of her holding a ziploc plastic bag containing her jizz stained pants from that night…..
    what a weird thing to keep around. LOL

    i believe this story….
    but at the same time, um…going to a stranger’s hotel room to give them a massage at 11 pm at night and being shocked that he got all randy? it doesn’t excuse him, but wtf?
    he is a sleaze, like all politicians, whatever “side” they pretend to be on.