Former Vice President Al Gore is breaking his silence over four-year-old allegations of sexual assault, following the decision by the Portland police to reopen the case.
A statement issued by Gore family spokeswoman Kalee Kreider says:
"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 if its existence three years ago. He stands by that denial."
A masseuse claims Gore groped her in a hotel room in Portland in 2006. Police investigated but did not bring charges against Gore because of lack of evidence. The case was closed at the time. But Wednesday, the department reopened the case:
“The Portland Police Bureau has made the decision to reopen the case regarding the allegations brought forward against Al Gore. Consistent with our policy regarding open investigations, the Police Bureau will not be commenting on any additional specifics regarding the case at this time.”
The statement did not say why the decision was made, or whether any new evidence has come to light since the initial investigation.
According to transcripts of the woman's 2009 interview with police, the masseuse claimed Gore groped, kissed and pinned her down on a bed. She claims she told Gore to stop several times.
"I finally told him and said, you're being a crazed sex poodle, hoping he'd realize how weird he was being, yet he persisted," she told police.
After the alleged incident, the woman said she was dissuaded from contacting the police by liberal friends of hers. One friend "was basically asking me to just suck it up, otherwise the world's going to be destroyed from global warming," she said.