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  Al Gore sex assault claim: US police reopen massage therapist's case
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AuthorEd Pilkington
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News DateFriday, July 2, 2010 01:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionPolice in Portland, Oregon, have for a third time opened an investigation into allegations that the former US vice-president, Al Gore, sexually assaulted a massage therapist in a hotel room.

Detectives declined to say why they had reopened the inquiry into claims that Gore made unwanted sexual advances during the course of a routine massage session in October 2006. But the decision to reopen the case comes weeks after the tabloid magazine the National Enquirer went public with details of the woman's original complaint.

The announcement that the case is active once again prompted Gore to break the silence he has kept so far. His spokesperson welcomed the new investigation, saying it "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."

It is not disputed that Gore stayed in Portland on 24 October 2006 to deliver a speech on global warming at a city theatre. His climate change documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, had just been released. He stayed at the Hotel Lucia under the pseudonym Mr Stone, arranging through the hotel to have a VIP massage appointment in his room.
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