Police reopen investigation of groping by Al Gore

By Nigel Duara
Thursday, July 1, 2010

PORTLAND, ORE. -- Police said Wednesday that they are reopening an investigation into allegations made by Molly Hagerty, a Portland massage therapist, that former vice president Al Gore groped her at an upscale hotel in 2006.

In a brief statement, the Portland Police Bureau did not say why it was reopening the investigation. Police had said they considered the case closed because there was no evidence.

A spokeswoman for Gore said that he "unequivocally and emphatically" denies making unwanted sexual advances toward the woman and that he welcomes the investigation.

"Further investigation into this matter will only benefit Mr. Gore," spokeswoman Kalee Kreider said.

She also said that "the Gores cannot comment on every defamatory, misleading and inaccurate story generated by tabloids."

The masseuse, Molly Hagerty, alleges that Gore made unwanted sexual advances during a massage appointment on Oct. 24, 2006, at the downtown Hotel Lucia, where Gore was reportedly registered as "Mr. Stone." Gore was in Portland to deliver a speech on climate change.

The story broke when the National Enquirer reported the allegations a week ago.

Portland police last week said that Hagerty's lawyer came to them with the allegations in 2006 but that Hagerty canceled appointments with detectives. The case reopened in January 2009, when detectives interviewed her but determined that there was insufficient evidence to support the allegations.

According to transcripts of the 2009 interview, Hagerty described the allegations at length. She said Gore groped, kissed and pinned her down on a bed. She told Gore he was acting like a "crazed sex poodle," according to the transcript.

Gore and his wife announced June 1 that they are separating.

-- Associated Press

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