Police Reopen Case Against Al GoreJuly 1, 2010 - 3:31 PM | by: Dan Springer
One day after re-opening the investigation of Al Gore, the Portland Police Chief Michael Reese has issued a statement shedding some light on why.
‘In reviewing this case,’ the statement reads, ‘we have determined there were procedural issues with the 2009 investigation that merit re-opening the case. There should have been command level review at the time on the specifics of this case,’ the chief said.
The statement went on to say, ‘it is our responsibility to both parties involved to conduct a thorough, fair and timely investigation.’
It resumes the investigation into allegations that former Vice President Al Gore attempted to sexually assault a massage therapist in 2006.
What a difference a week makes. When the National Enquirer first reported the allegations last week, Portland P.D. said the case was closed for lack of sufficient evidence. A spokeswoman said the department would reopen the investigation if new details emerged.
Kalee Kreider, a spokeswoman for Mr. Gore, issued a statement which read, ‘Further investigation into this matter will only benefit Mr. Gore. The Gores cannot comment on every defamatory, misleading and inaccurate story generated by tabloids. Mr. Gore unequivocally and emphatically denied this accusation when he first learned of its existence three years ago. He stands by that denial.’
More than two years after the alleged incident, the accuser read investigators a detailed account complete with references to Gore as a ‘crazed sex poodle.’ She alleged Gore groped her repeatedly during an hour and a half massage.
The 54-year old woman also claims to have saved the stained pants she wore that night in a bank safe only removing them to have a $35. DNA test done on them. She told the Enquirer the test results were inconclusive.
We have learned the accuser attended the Oregon School of Massage in Portland earning her license in 1996. That license is still active and set to expire December 31, 2011.
The masseuse billed the Hotel Lucia for three hours the night in question eventually getting paid a reported $540. Others in the massage business are stunned by the amount she was paid saying massages even at high end boutique hotels typically cost around $100. and hour.
Hotel Lucia has not returned our phone calls for comment.
In the days following the National Enquirer’s original story of the accusations, some have questioned the Portland PD’s decision to do virtually no investigation of the allegations. For instance, the accuser said she called a friend right after the alleged attack, but the police never interviewed the person. Police also chose not to interview anyone at Hotel Lucia perhaps believing that too much time had elapsed between the incident and any investigation.
Others have criticized the police for not doing their own analysis of the accuser’s pants. In it’s initial statement a spokeswoman said investigators did not believe they had any evidentiary value given the description of the alleged assault.