Al Gore is being investigated by the Portland, Oregon police department for sexual assault stemming from charges by massage therapist Molly Hagerty. A statement released Wednesday night stated: “The Portland Police Bureau has made the decision to re-open the case regarding the allegations brought forward against Mr. Al Gore.”
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The allegations reference the charges by Hagerty — a 54-year-old grandmother and licensed massage therapist –that former Vice President Gore attacked her in a hotel room in 2006 when she refused to have sex with him.
Gore has not commented publicly no the case, which has come weeks after announcing he and wife Tipper Gore are splitting after 40 years of marriage.
Kalee Kreider, a Gore family spokesperson, responded to HUMAN EVENTS on Thursday stating: “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.”
Also, a source close to the family told The Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz that “Al Gore confirmed that he received a therapeutic massage in his hotel room that night, and likely from the therapist making the accusation.” The source also told Kurtz that, “Gore remembers getting a massage without incident and the therapist leaving on good terms.”
However, Hagerty told the police that when she “finally got away” from Gore’s hotel room, she felt “shaky and faint.” She said that “it was all I could do to keep from running out the lobby in terror.”
Gore’s former boss, President Bill Clinton, gave a grand jury the infamous explanation for his lying about an affair with Monica Lewinsky: “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.”
So perhaps Al Gore’s defense against sexual assault charges by Hagerty will depend on what is the meaning of the phrase “good terms.”
John Edwards Partying Like a Frat Boy
Former Democratic presidential candidate and Senator John Edwards is under investigation by a federal grand jury for campaign fraud and separated from his wife of 30 years Elizabeth Edwards, but is still partying like a frat boy.
“On a given night, he might pop up at The Federal, a dimly lit Durham dive bar, or The Wooden Nickel,” according to a riveting article in The New Republic about Edwards’ current lifestyle.
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Showing a shocking lack of humility and discretion, Edwards joined in the dancing with young strangers last April at the West End Wine Bar in Durham, NC. “Edwards cut loose, dancing to everything from salsa to Wreckx-n-Effect’s 1992 rap hit ‘Rump Shaker’,” according to the article.
Edwards admitted lying to the American pubic about cheating on his wife Elizabeth with Rielle Hunter, paternity of daughter Frances Quinn Hunter. He also is facing federal indictment for using campaign money to cover up the affair.
But, Edwards’s shameless partying comes as no surprise to former friends and political advisors. Edwards’ “bachelor lifestyle is a symptom of his outsize ego,” a source tells the magazine.
One witness to Edwards dancing at the bar in April tells the magazine, “If his career is over, at least he’s having a life.” Sadly, you can’t say the same for his cancer-stricken, terminally ill, estranged wife Elizabeth Edwards.
Mel Gibson Under Attack From NAACP
Actor Mel Gibson was caught on tape, according to TMZ, screaming at his baby mama Oksana Grigorieva: "You look like a f—ing pig in heat and if you get raped by a pack of ni—ers it will be your fault." TMZ reports that Grigorieva secretly taped Gibson while they were breaking up and fighting over custody of their nine-month-old daughter Lucia. The tapes have been sealed by the court pending the ruling on custody.
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The NAACP reaction to Gibson’s comments was quick and brutal. The president of the L.A. chapter of the NAACP, Leon Jenkins issued a statement to TMZ calling Gibson “"an out of date and out of control racist." The NAACP will not accept any repentance from the actor, saying that "an apology is insufficient given his history of racism, sexism and anti-Semitism.
Gibson’s career has been in the tank since 2006 when he was arrested for DUI and yelled at the arresting police officers: "F—-ing Jews … The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world."
The public uproar forced Gibson to apologize. "There is no excuse, nor there be any tolerance, for anyone who thinks or expresses any kind of anti-Semitic remark,” he said in a written statement. “I want to apologize specifically to everyone in the Jewish community for the vitriolic and harmful words that I said.”
NAACP’s Jenkins says that “it is unfortunate that a man of his statute and admiration who has made his millions off of women, African-Americans and Jews” would “harbor such racist, sexist, and anti-Semitic feeling against people who have admired and respected him for decades."
Tiger Woods Divorce
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Tiger Woods — who admitted to cheating on his wife with at least 121 different women during his five year marriage – is about to finalize his divorce. Estranged wife Elin Woods is reportedly getting significantly more of Woods $500 million fortune than allowed in her pre-nup, but rumors of a $740 million settlement are highly exaggerated. Tiger and Elin separated after she found text messages to one of his mistresses, which led a golf club through a car window and Tiger’s suspicious nighttime car crash.
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