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.



7 Responses to “Al Gore Sex Assault Claim Total Crap? Possibly”

  1. Truth on June 24th, 2010 12:02 pm

    You would think a guy who invented the internet would be smart enough not to be in this situation. *sigh* Looks like another inconvenient truth for AlGore the carbon w hore. There may not be global warming but Al’s apparently all hot & bothered.

  2. HANK on June 24th, 2010 12:22 pm

    Wow, look who just fell off the cabbage cart. What, were you born yesteday?

  3. olivia on June 24th, 2010 12:28 pm

    Truth – You do realize the debate about Global Warming/Climate Change isn’t about whether it exists, but about what caused it, and what the effect will be, right? Well, apparently not, given your ridiculous comment.

  4. Truth on June 24th, 2010 5:22 pm

    Olivia: I’m well aware of the argument about Global Warming ( pardon me, that moniker now has the stench of bilge) – Climate Change. And while I support America’s move to a defined RES, and national RPS and renewable energy in many forms, I’m also very pleased that I didn’t give Mr. “I’ve got a couple of mansions, a private jet and a 80 ft diesel houseboat – but seriously not a big carbon footprint” millions based on his assessments or those of the in-the-bag scientists who cooked the numbers for Copenhagen. REAL progress on energy conservation and renewables depends on truth – so America can make sound decisions.

  5. olivia on June 24th, 2010 6:01 pm

    Truth – I can understand that sentiment, and I agree with it. However, there can be no decision if the phenomenon (whatever the reasons for it) isn’t accepted, and an informed solution found. There are people on both sides that are dangerous to the efforts of saving the planet, and becoming more environmentally conscious. It just makes good sense to start taking better care of our world, and to reduce the use of natural resources. But how will that happen if people continue to turn a blind eye to the consequences of mass consumption? It really isn’t a matter of Gore.

  6. Chip on June 24th, 2010 6:34 pm

    How skeptical would you be if Bush or Cheney were the accused ?
    I can almost hear the screams from N.O.W…Now.

    Creeps from the left walk away from injustices because libs circle their wagons and point fingers at everything but the facts…Who needs facts when you have your infallable FEELINGS ??…….
    Accusations against high profile conservatives , and there have been MANY, are ALWAYS taken at face value…Even after the REAL story comes out…

    There’s your inconvenient truth…

  7. olivia on June 24th, 2010 7:08 pm

    Chip – These allegations are more skeptical because it is one single accusation that occurred in 2006, which she refused to press chsarges for, where no evidence was founded, and then she sold to a tabloid when he was in the spotlight at the most beneficial time. If it had been something recent, that had seemed to point to having something to do with the breakup of his marriage, there was evidence, and she had filed a police report, it might be different. Has nothing to do with Liberals vs Conservatives, or anything else.

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