Al Gore Charged With Assault
After a recent split with his wife of 40 years, former Vice President Al Gore is now being accused of sexually assaulting a 54-year-old masseuse during his visit to Oregon. The woman, whose identity remains anonymous, alleged that Gore pushed unwanted sexual advances during a three-hour long massage session in his hotel room on Oct. 24, 2006.
"He pleaded, groped me, grabbed me, engulfed me in embrace, tongue kissed me, massaged me, grabbed my breasts," the woman reported to Portland police officers. She claims the incident has caused a multitude of physical and psychological problems, from insomnia to leg and knee injuries, and has traumatized her from normally returning to work.
Although the masseuse filed a police report last year, no criminal investigation was conducted due to her refusal to cooperate. "We were told the woman was not willing to be interviewed by the Portland Police Bureau and did not want a criminal investigation to proceed," Oregon’s Multnomah county district attorney Michael Schrunk said.
Gore’s representative said the former VP has no comment regarding the allegations. The harassment claim is reportedly being dropped due to lack of evidence. –Natthakan Garunrangseewong