July 7th, 2010
12:46 PM ET
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People Magazine: Tipper stands by Al Gore

A friend says Tipper Gore does not believe the recent allegations leveled at her husband.
A friend says Tipper Gore does not believe the recent allegations leveled at her husband.

Washington (CNN) - Tipper Gore doesn't believe the allegations that a Portland masseuse made about her husband, former Vice President Al Gore, and according to a Wednesday article in People Magazine, the allegations played "no role whatsoever in the decision" of the couple to separate.

People Magazine interviewed a "close friend of the Gores'" for an article posted online regarding the couple's recent split and subsequent allegations against the former vice president.

The Portland Police Department re-opened an investigation on June 30 into massage therapist Molly Hagerty's allegation that Gore demanded sexual favors during a 2006 massage.

The magazine quotes a friend of the Gores who says that Tipper "feels strongly that people know she doesn't believe anything this woman is saying. She remains committed to Al and his reputation."

Full People article

The friend goes on to underscore the lack of contention in the couple's split, pointing out that both Gores went on a family vacation together last month after they had announced their separation.

"They were on a lake in Tennessee, with all the kids and grandkids. Doing lake stuff – waterskiing, cooking out," says the family friend. "They continue to be a tight family. That's not going to change."

The "friend close to the Gores" is also quoted in the People article saying that Tipper Gore "has known that massage has been very much a part of [the former VP's] health regimen for many, many, many years."


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  1. RTB

    Tipper Gore is a class act.

    Al Gore is being victimized by this masseuse character.

    July 7, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. Get A Grip

    So Tipper doesn't believe old Al on this one.......Well, I do have some real dry land to sell Tipper that's located in the everglades.

    July 7, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Dave

    Why does every picture of Al Gore make me think of used car salesmen? (No offense meant to the used car salesmen.)

    July 7, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. thor

    HIillary thought the same about her man BILL !!! It's called state of denial.

    July 7, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Karma

    I want to know what Elliot Spitzer's response is to all this.

    July 7, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    She will stand by him all the way to the bank.

    July 7, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. Eric

    Tipper said, "...the allegations played 'no role whatsoever in the decision' of the couple to separate."

    As an official volunteer referee in the game of life and politics, I am officially throwing the "bu11$h!t flag" on this play, citing grounds of not just dishonesty, but out-right concern that Ms. Gore's pants may suddenly burst into flame. Loss of 15 yards (off Al's waistline and Tipper's Pinoccio nose) and loss of ball. First down.

    July 7, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  8. jeff jackson, alabama

    I think it's safe to say Al Gore having any knid
    of relations with a woman is not a factor at all
    in the split up.
    I would not be surprised if Ole' Al is on the verge of
    making an announcement about a drastic life style
    change very soon.
    Remember, he IS a progressive .

    July 7, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. seattle steve

    The problem with Al is not a gal.
    Just my opinion.

    July 7, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. doug

    This stuff on Al Gore needs to stop. He was just doing what you would expect Mr. glob...err climate change to do, he is plugging up every O-Zone hole he can find.

    July 7, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. tulsa

    What ever happens between Tipper and Al, he is always welcome
    in Oklahoma . The man is brilliant and should have been president
    for eight years.

    July 7, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. honest abe

    I would never have thought Al and Tipper would have split. Can't
    help but wonder if Al has held something back from us all these
    years. Nothing surprises me in this country anymore. Look at
    Hollywood and you see what I mean. And Al likes the hollywood
    types.

    July 7, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. Bizz

    If she's so "committed" to him, then why the separation? Pretty hard to believe one has nothing to do with the other.

    July 7, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. fred astaire

    Six months from now, he will admit the charges are true and his ex will call him names. Sad but the way it always goes: denial, denial, and then therapy.

    July 7, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  15. Jerry

    hillary didn't believe any thing that woman was saying either as I recall, this is staight out of the big D play book.

    July 7, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  16. Jack in Des Moines, IA

    Hagerty's story holds about as much water as a colander. It is blatantly clear she is trying to make herself an instant celebrity AND an instant millionaire.

    July 7, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. blue

    Everything comes down to money. The low-life goes after the rich. Something that is four years old should be put in the dumpster where it belongs. How many times has her tale changed? This headline should be buried.

    July 7, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  18. BigGrant

    I am a Republican, I did not vote for Clinton, Gore, Edwards...However, I am sick of everyone concerned about everyone's sex lives. Let people get their lives back together. People make mistakes and handle things poorly.

    July 7, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  19. Marge

    Ameruca EXCEPT republicans and tea bags don't believe this woman's fantasy skit either. She must want money awful bad. And it makes it hard for woman who are really sexually abused when we hear made up crap like this.

    July 7, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. Padraig

    This is tabloid news, there are many better articles to place on the ticker.

    July 7, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. Mike S., New Orleans

    Tipper Gore also said that "Al would never do anything sexual with anyone. It took gallons of Tequila just to produce our family."

    July 7, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  22. Corbett

    Nobody believes the report from the Portland masseuse. Stop reporting on it!

    July 7, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  23. Fair is Fair

    Hey Tipper,

    Denial is not a river in Egypt.

    July 7, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. Bubba

    Yeah, that just sounds too opportunistic. Pretty obvious extortion attempt, possibly even by political rivals hoping he'd pay her to go away. But I do suspect that one of them cheated, and Tipper doesn't seem to be the one with serious body image problems.

    July 7, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. loyal democrat

    It's pretty evident if you pay close attention to Mr. Gore's body language
    that the reason for their divorce may be far reaching into Mr. Gore's
    personal self identification. That, by no means indicates he is not a
    good person. I have always liked both Gores.

    July 7, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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