Al Gore Sex Assault Claim Total Crap? Possibly
June 24, 2010
(ChattahBox) – Al Gore has been cited in a possible sexual assault case against a Portland, Oregon massage therapist, who says she saved her pants as evidence. But the allegations seem less than likely.
The incident reportedly happened on October 24, 2006, when Gore was in Portland and received a massage at an upscale hotel (the National Enquirer apparently has a copy of the $540 bill).
A complaint was eventually filed by an unnamed 54-year-old massage therapist, who claimed she had been subjected to “unwanted sexual contact”.
She refused to file any real criminal charges, and the investigation was set to be dropped for lack of evidence, in any case.
But now, after Gore announced he and his wife Tipper were ending their 40-year marriage, the woman has sold her story to the National Enquirer, and now the DA in Portland, Michael D Schrunk, says there could possibly be criminal charges filed in the future.
Or, what he actually said was:
“If the complainant and the Portland Police Bureau wish to pursue the possibility of a criminal prosecution, additional investigation by the Bureau will be necessary and will be discussed with the Portland Police Bureau.”
I usually try not to judge accusations of sexual assault until the verdict (or more info) is in, as I think the victim should be given the benefit of the doubt. However, a lot of this doesn’t add up.
I think an article by Salon really did the argument justice. Their view:
“1) The Portland police declined to investigate the woman’s claims any further after she made her statement, citing a lack of evidence.
2) The allegations were apparently known two years ago to at least one Portland media outlet — the Portland Tribune, a weekly paper that declined to report on them. The paper’s editor tells Ben Smith that the allegations didn’t meet the “test points” that the paper uses to determine whether a story is likely to be true.
3) We have seen plenty of cases of baseless (if vivid) sexual allegations against celebrities before. Tucker Carlson was once accused of rape by a woman he’d never met, for instance. Something similar happened with magician David Copperfield last year, too. (Plenty of celebrities have been guilty of sex crimes, too, of course.)”
There is also the fact that she refused to press charges, and yet sold her story to the Enquirer the moment it was revealed that he and Tipper were divorcing.
Seems a little fishy to me.