Tipper Gore doesn’t believe masseuse’s story that Al wanted a happy ending

NEW YORK - JUNE 03:  Al Gore and Tipper Gore attend the Wildlife Conservation Society's 'Safari! India' at the Central Park Zoo on June 3, 2008 in New York City.  (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
Tipper Gore may have filed for divorce from her husband of 40 years, former Vice President Al Gore, but she wants us to know that it’s not because of a particular scandal that’s come to light. A “friend” of the PMRC founder tells People Magazine that she’s not buying the story of a masseuse who claims that Al attacked her, that she was aware of the story when it first surfaced years ago and that it had nothing to do with her filing:

On June 30 Portland, Ore., police reopened an investigation into Hagerty’s allegations, citing “procedural issues” with how her statement to police last year was handled.

A friend of Tipper’s, speaking exclusively to PEOPLE for the new issue on newsstands Friday, sets the record straight for the former Second Lady, now trying to make a quiet new life for herself in California: “Tipper has known about these allegations since Al found out about them himself. She has known that massage has been very much a part of his health regimen for many, many, many years. She doesn’t believe any of the allegations that this woman [Hagerty] is making and they played no role whatsoever in their decision to separate.”

The friend says Tipper is unnerved to find herself back in the glare just after the couple’s June 1 announcement of their separation was supposed to afford her a life outside of the spotlight that comes with her husband’s public-policy work.

“She so wants a private life,” her friend says. “But she feels strongly that people know she doesn’t believe anything this woman is saying. She remains committed to Al and his reputation.”

Further debunking all the speculation of a contentious breakup to their marriage, the friend points out that Al and Tipper were together on a weeklong family vacation last month, just two weeks after going public with their split.

“They were on a lake in Tennessee, with all the kids and grandkids. Doing lake stuff – waterskiing, cooking out,” says the friend close to the Gores. “They continue to be a tight family. That’s not going to change.”

[From People]

I listened to the testimony of the masseuse who alleged that Al Gore attacked her. She didn’t sound particularly scared and instead went on at length about what a great massage therapist she was and how she was at the top of her field. You understand that she wanted to establish that she was professional and isn’t the type to give happy endings, but it was outrageous how long she went on with technical and unnecessary details. It just seems fishy to me.

To hear the masseuse talk to police about the alleged incident go to this audio file (it’s the second of two very long parts available as links through this page) and scroll to 5:00 in. She talks about calling him a “crazed sex poodle” and says she told it to him in a Texas accent. When she has to recount details of Gore allegedly attacking her, she reads the notes from her last meeting with police as if she needs help remembering what happened and how he acted. She claims she was fearful, but she sounds annoyed. Listen to her from about 8:30 – 9:30 saying “I was really scared.” She sounds bored! She gives so many minute details about her life but again when it comes to Gore attacking her she has to look at what she told police in her last statement. (Disclosure: I have not listened to the entire audio file as it’s extremely long. The parts I’ve heard are more of the same.) Earlier reports had the masseuse trying to sell her story for $1 million, although The Enquirer claims they have not paid her.

Do I think that Al Gore could have tried to solicit some kind of sex from a masseuse? Yes, of course he could have. It’s just that unless she has hard evidence (i.e. seminal fluid on the pants she has saved – I know you guys hate that word but I have to use it here) I don’t think we’ll ever know the true story. I don’t blame Tipper for backing up Al.

In an October 20, 2000 file photo, Vice President Al Gore kisses his wife Tipper during a campaign rally at Woldenberg Park in New Orleans. According to an email leaked to the press, Former Vice President Gore and Tipper are separating after 40 years of marriage. UPI/Judi Bottoni/File Photo via Newscom

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  1. denise says:

    Could you imagine that big lump of goo coming onto you aggressively? Egads, I’d be traumatized.

  2. Leticia says:

    Denise, I agree with you again. You usually post before me and I usually am nodding my head when I read your comments.

    Nothing to do with his politics, but in my opinion he is physically repulsive, so yikes, how traumatic if this did happen.

  3. Shay says:

    LMFAOOOOOOOO a happy ending?
    WTF?
    I wish I didn’t have that image in my brain now.

  4. denise says:

    @ Leticia

    :)

    And I tip my hat to “Tipper” for putting up with him for this long.

  5. snowball says:

    You didn’t have to use “seminal fluid.” You could have used “ejaculate.” Hehe. I like that one better. Al Gore and Ejaculate go Hand in Hand.

    Oh, I made myself laugh this morning, I know I haven’t had enough sleep.

    Gah, @denise, lol – goooo

  6. P.J. says:

    So here’s where the masseuse tips her hand at what she’s really up to: “She went on at length about what a great massage therapist she was and how she was at the top of her field.”

    So she’s trying to promote her massage business, and at the same time trying to raise some money from media interviews.

    Once again, it’s “Follow the money.” That is usually what’s behind these type of stories.

  7. Liz says:

    lmfao@ lump of goo.

    I don’t believe this story either just from reading all of her testimony, but I’ll leave it to police/courts to decide if she’s actually telling the truth or looking for a payday before dismissing her as just another famewhore.

  8. Belle Epoch says:

    For some reason I read a lot of her testimony, and there is a section where she says she sat “gingerly” on the bed next to him. That’s where she lost my vote. If you want to be professional, stay off the bed.

    She claims that after that he threw himself on top of her and she hurt herself trying to get him off. Has she filed a medical lawsuit? If not, she’s planning to get money that way.

  9. Celebitchy says:

    Ok I didn’t use “ejaculate” because it’s both a verb and a noun and is even yuckier than seminal fluid! It makes you think of the act, you know, and now I am picturing big ‘ol Al’s “O” face! Damn you, snowball.

  10. a says:

    @belle epoch: i totally agree about the “sitting on the bed” thing.

  11. Marjalane says:

    Newest and greatest diet aid: Picturing Al Gore’s “O” face.

  12. original kate says:

    i am a licensed massage therapist and i am confused about 2 things: 1) her “sitting on the bed” – did she call it that? no professional LMP would call it a bed – it’s a table 2) there is only one reason to do so, and it involves pinning & stretching injured joints in the shoulder. you “sit” (one cheek on, one cheek off the table, more like leaning), drape the client’s arm over your leg, pin their shoulder and stretch the arm. yeah, it’s about as sexy as i’ve described. it isn’t part of a normal swedish/ deep tissue routine.

    i don’t know, this woman sounds nutty.

  13. BReedy says:

    I am a Tennessean. We wish he would stay in DC where he grew up. He is NOT one of us and never will be. He is a poser who has made a career post-VP for environmental causes he never made a peep about all those years he was in office. This ugly story is just that: UGLY. I hope it is not true and I don’t even LIKE him.

  14. TaylorB says:

    I listened to the whole thing and she sounds like she is reading it off a script.

    That being said, instead of crude words like ‘ejaculate’ or ‘seminal fluid’ why not simply refer to it in a more lady like fashion like cum, jizz, spooge or spunk? Honestly, have you no class? ;-)

  15. Tess says:

    Yeah, you can undermine her credibility by saying that she’s in it for the money.

    But what about him? He’s poised to rake in billions of dollars with his very own fat, goo-laden fingers with myriad “environmental” deals that will most likely benefit nobody except him and his buddies.

  16. TaylorB says:

    Tess,

    To be fair, he has been an enviromental advocate for decades, long before he was even a Senator let alone VP. Dislike his politics, personality or party but to disparage him or anyone for trying to help keep our air and water clean? Really?

  17. kim says:

    Arent there allegations from other masseuses as well? Sure i get that people jump on band wagon but where there is smoke there is usually fire (Tiger, Jesse). I think Tipper is in la la land. The man is an egomaniac/lunatic who thinks he invented the internet so who knows what he is capable of-ha!

  18. Ashley says:

    Taylor B. There is nothing classless about using the proper terms for body parts or bodily functions.

  19. Tess says:

    @ TaylorB

    I think he’s a scam artist, so yes, I do disparage him.

    But my point remains…if he’s so committed to his environmental principles, why does he care so much about profits that will enrich himself by billions of dollars? Doesn’t add up in my book.

    His family scammed the public long ago with Armand Hammer. This is nothing new for the Gores…

    but American journalists are too busy assasinating Sarah Palin’s character to question anything about Al Gore.

    A little evenhandedness by the main stream media would be refreshing.

  20. TaylorB says:

    Ashley,

    Oh for gods sake… I was obviously joking and being sarcastic.

    Unless you honestly think that anyone on the face of the earth would actually suggest seriously that the terms ‘spooge’, ‘spunk’ or ‘cum’ are in any way, shape or form considerded classier than ‘seminal fluid’? If that actually is the case and you feel offended mea culpa.

  21. TaylorB says:

    Tess,

    My point was that while you may dislike him politically, he is still an environmental activist and has been for 30 years… that is a positive activity. Bash the shit out of him for everything else like political leanings etc, but bashing him for trying to help the environment is pretty petty and pointless. This has nothing to do with Palin, or Republicans or Democrats… it is about a person, regardless of party who has tried to help the environment… what exactly is wrong with that? You may hate his politics, or him, but how can you punish the cause that helps us all? Unless you feel that cleaner air, water, soil is a bad thing?? Personally, I don’t, and will support helping our planet and the beings that live on the planet to live longer and healthier lives, and will appreciate anyone trying to further that cause regardless of their political persuasions… but thats just my opinion.

  22. Belle Epoch says:

    original kate – no, she meant BED bed, not the massage table. She went into a long description about what he wanted done where. I can’t remember the rest of the story and don’t want to, but he was showing her something in his hotel room and one thing led to another and, according to her, he ended up on top of her on the bed bed and she had to vigorously push him off.

    That sounds like a nightmare. But still… STAY OFF THE BED!

  23. Tess says:

    Taylor,

    Of course I support clean air, water, etc. I’m a mother and a grandmother. I’m a gardener.

    I think words can be used to hide the truth. It’s not enough to say that someone is an environmentalist and then assume that everything they are promoting is good.

    Terms like that are thrown around to give automatic cover to schemes that are enriching a lot of snake oil salesmen and don’t have any real environmental impact.

    The skepticism is about means… not ends.

    And about Ashley….I’m worried.

  24. Mia says:

    Point taken, actually. Al Gore’s support for environmental causes has a lot of hypocrisy to it. Unlike activists like Darryl Hannah who has lived in a teepee and drives on McDonald’s grease, Gore and Tipper have a 20-room, eight-bathroom home in Nashville that consumes more electricity in a month than the average American household uses in a year.

    He has several homes, ignored Earth Day Black outs, and uses private jets instead of flying coach to save fuel.

    Too much for 2

    http://mamaneeds2rant.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/al-gores-home-in-nashville.jpg

    Earth Hour snubbing

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/03/29/al-gore-snubs-earth-hour/

  25. Mia says:

    And also to add to the seriousness of the claims, USA Today did a story about just that.

    “Gore Isn’t Quite as Green as He’s Led the World to Believe”

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2006-08-09-gore-green_x.htm

    The press usually shows a curious lack of curiosity about whether he does as he asks us to, given his high profile prizes. But USA Today did allow this troubling demonstration of what a hypocrite he has been on this issue.

    Whether or not he’s sketchy in his personal life I don’t know. The he said, she said game is tough and we’ll see what the massage therapist’s pants show. Imagine the poor lab worker with that assignment. Deserves hazard pay.

  26. anon says:

    Holy crap Marjalane. I know I’m late to the game today but GD if that didn’t make me SQUEAL with laughter. Nice one!

  27. CYANN says:

    LMMFAO @ Al’s “O” face. I’m sorry but it’s worse than picturing Clintons. Ack!

  28. DiMi says:

    I think we need to separate his environmental credibility and the accusations of sexual assault. Two different things.

    How about “sexual secretions”as an alternative? Still gross?

  29. margarita says:

    I just threw up in my mouth

  30. gg says:

    THANK YOU, Mia – I live in a neighborhood right next to his Nashville house. HELLO – Nobody even lives there !!! We in Nashville actually SEE what he’s not doing, in contradiction to what he says everybody else needs to do.

    This guy is just making money from running his hypocritical mouth. Yes I believe that environmental concern and action is important. But he doesn’t do the “action” part, he just takes checks for blabbing about himself.

    Walk your talk, Al. Or shuddup and leave it to real environmentalists. Or better yet, put one forward that is actually proactive about it!

  31. TaylorB says:

    Tess,

    I didn’t mean to offend you, I guess we look at this from slightly different points of view… both viable in their own right, just different.

    As for Ashley… you and I seem to have a very similar opinion ;-)

  32. TaylorB says:

    #28 (can’t read the name) wrote: “How about “sexual secretions”as an alternative? Still gross?”

    Yes still gross, almost more so as there are several variables (gerneral origin of secretion, type of secrection, orifice involved, etc) that could come (no pun intended) into play on that one. ;-)