July 30th, 2010
06:19 PM ET
4 years ago

Gore won't face prosecution in sexual assault allegation

 Former Vice President Al Gore will not face prosecution on an allegation of sexual assault from 2006.
Former Vice President Al Gore will not face prosecution on an allegation of sexual assault from 2006.

(CNN) - Former Vice President Al Gore will not face prosecution on an allegation of sexual assault from 2006.

The allegation, brought forth by Molly Hagerty, claims Gore sexually abused her during a professional massage at the Hotel Lucia in Portland on October 24, 2006.

The Portland Police Bureau did not recommend prosecution "due to a lack of credible evidence," according to the Multnomah County district attorney's office.

"After evaluating the materials submitted by PPB I have concluded that I agree with the assessment that a sustainable criminal case does not exist," Senior Deputy District Attorney Don Rees wrote in a memo Friday. "Ms. Hagerty's detailed statement ... is insufficient to support a criminal charge given other contradictory evidence, conflicting witness statements, credibility issues, lack of forensic evidence and denials by Mr. Gore."

Gore's office in Nashville, Tennessee, released a statement saying the former vice president was pleased with the finding.

"Mr. Gore unequivocally and emphatically denied this accusation when he first learned of its existence three years ago," the statement reads. "He respects and appreciates the thorough and professional work of the Portland authorities and is pleased that this matter has now been resolved."

Read the full memo here.

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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. sagebrush

    "It ain't easy being Green"! Thanks Kermit.

    July 30, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Probably one of the republican senators gave gore's name. Sounds like a republican.

    Screw the Americans, try to screw the masseuse.

    July 30, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  3. ib

    so; should anyone be surprised over this.

    July 30, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  4. Marcus

    "Ms. Hagerty's detailed statement ... is insufficient to support a criminal charge given other contradictory evidence, conflicting witness statements, credibility issues, lack of forensic evidence and denials by Mr. Gore."

    OK, if this is true then move on people, unless someone comes up with some EVIDENCE that the guy said that due to political pressure on him, then it's over.
    Let's move on.

    July 30, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  5. Left-Wing sleazebag

    Yeah, baby. It's great to be a Democrat!

    July 30, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. Wingedisk

    Is anyone surprised ?

    The Nephilim's henchmen Always get a Get Out Of Jail card.
    The WHAT???.....you ask ?.....lol

    Im not going to spoon feed you pablum, your old and ugly enough to research things on your own...now Get moving !

    July 30, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  7. Liz the First

    Glad this is settled, but of course the haters will believe whatever they want despite any lack of evidence of guilt. but then that crowd believes whatever they want on any issue anyway. why should this be any different?

    July 30, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  8. Republicans is smart in the head area

    "insufficient to support a criminal charge given other contradictory evidence, conflicting witness statements, credibility issues, lack of forensic evidence" – meaning there was never anything to the allegations, much like there was nothing behind the allegations of racism against Sherrod. EPIC RIGHT WING FAIL.

    July 30, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  9. cocitizen

    No surprise here. It has been obvious from the beginning that this woman was lying. I am sure there will be a lot of nasty personal comments made on this site about VP Gore. But let me just remind all those who will make them, in 2000, the American people elected Al Gore President of the United States. Just think how much better off we would be today if the will of the people in our democratic republic had been allowed to be carried out.

    July 30, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  10. Lynn

    Since prostitution is illegal, the woman complaing about Gore needs to be prosecuted. Going to his room at 11 p.m. to perform a "massage" - who is she kidding?

    July 30, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  11. john in Cal

    I thought I'd add a thoughtful word or two before everyone says he got away with it. I you make the claim that he should have been prosecuted, even though they say there was insufficient evidence then to that I say why did'nt they do the same with Bush and Cheney? There sure has been proof on their part that they doctored the facts or made them up. So they should be brought up on lots of charges. Each young man who died in Iraq should be a murder charge. every Iraqie who died is another murder charge. Then there's the lying to us. I could go on but think about it before you pass judgement on Gore and refuse to do the same to Bush and Cheney.

    July 30, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  12. goofus

    Well who would have guessed that?

    July 30, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  13. Nice try, now back to regularly scheduled climate change legislation

    Come one he was playing anti Bush PINK song? These guys on the right, the bigger the whopper the easier it is to believe? Like WMD??

    July 30, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  14. Is Timothy McVeigh would have been a teabag leader today

    Sounds like she was looking for a republican job at faux news.

    July 30, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  15. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Lunatic rightie propeller heads start to blame the "mainstream" media or marxist union police in 3, 2, 1...

    July 30, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  16. JES

    Gore had a good teacher his old boss Clinton.

    July 30, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  17. George of the jungle

    come on could anyone believe this man would get caught in a situation like this. He may seem dull but he is very smart and it is pretty obvious that the lady was looking for fame and fortune

    July 30, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  18. Hammerer

    Right.
    A country of laws for some people.

    July 30, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  19. southern cousin

    He lied about climate change and he lied about this. The Nobel Peace Molester is going to get away with it.

    July 30, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  20. malabar

    The real issue here is that the comments frm Palin haters are 2 low in number. we all knw that when they say theyre tired of her then proceed to comment endlessly and ignorantly they really mean theyre tired of cowbell and want more Palin! so come on now misogynysts and intolerants, u can do better! get to work fueling her fire, her supporters can only do so much! just so i at least mention the robot, Al Gore.

    July 30, 2010 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  21. La Piovra

    Besides the catalog of other problems with this complaint, let us omit neither its staleness nor its uncanny emergence from its cobwebbed tomb just as carbon control legislation was being advanced.

    July 30, 2010 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  22. Ridgeway

    Heh, heh. Just as I figured. Insufficient evidence and assault with a dead weapon.
    I suspect, as fat as he is, he just wanted the lady to tell Mr. Happy hello, long time no see.

    July 30, 2010 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  23. J-wowww

    Him, Clinton, and Edwards – THREE peas in a pod....Oh, I forgot Jesse!

    July 30, 2010 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  24. Get A Grip

    Hmmmmm, could be old Al handed over some of his $700 million to Molly Hagerty to keep her from talking and help prevent 'global warming'.

    July 30, 2010 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |