Police reopen case after Gore accuser goes public

Police reopen case after Gore accuser goes public »Play Video

PORTLAND, Ore. – The local woman accusing former Vice President Al Gore of sexual assault  is revealing her identity in a tell-all interview with the National Enquirer.

Fifty-four-year-old Molly Hagerty is on the cover of the tabloid's current issue holding pants she claims contain Gore's DNA and calls the Nobel Prize winner a “pervert and a sexual predator.” The allegations come after she gave Gore a massage at the upscale Hotel Lucia in downtown Portland in October 2006.

Just before 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, the Portland Police Bureau made its own announcement:

"The Portland Police Bureau has made the decision to re-open the case regarding the allegations brought forward against Mr. Al Gore. Consistent with our policy regarding open investigations, the Police Bureau will not be commenting on any additional specifics regarding this case at this time."

Al Gore's spokespeople have denied any inappropriate behavior relating to his visit to Portland in 2006 and released the following statement:

"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." – Kalee Kreider, Gore family spokesperson

After Portland police made the announcement they were re-opening the case, Kreider sent an updated version of Gore's statement, adding a sentence to the beginning (emphasis is KATU's):

"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." – Kalee Kreider, Gore family spokesperson

The Portland Police Bureau already has released a summary of its actions dating back to 2006 in a statement sent to KATU, along with a redacted police report on the matter. Please be aware that the content of the police report is sexual in nature.

In short, the bureau's June 23 statement said that, "after repeated attempts by Portland Police Detectives to interview the woman involved, the Police Bureau was told by her attorney, in January 2007, that they were pursuing civil litigation and declined the assistance of the Portland Police Bureau’s Detective Division. A special report was written and the case was exceptionally cleared – a standard procedure when the person involved declines to talk to police. The District Attorney’s Office was consulted during this time."

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