June 25th, 2010
11:08 AM ET
12 years ago

Questions raised about Gore accuser

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/25/art.gore.jpg caption ="The woman accusing Al Gore of sexual misconduct sought to sell her story for $1 million."](CNN) – Two days after Oregon authorities released a transcript of a massage therapist accusing forrmer Vice President Al Gore of "unwanted sexual contact" in connection with a 2006 encounter, questions are being raised about the accuser's motives and why media outlets did not report the story sooner.

Mark Garber, the editor of the Portland Tribune, said his paper investigated the matter for months but ultimately concluded there was not enough evidence to run the story.

"We uncovered information that created significant questions in the minds of the four editors and the investigative reporter who were involved with this story. We still are not yet in a position to publish the information that helped dissuade us from the story," Garber wrote in a post on the paper's website.

Garber also said the paper was concerned with the fact that the woman "attempted to make her cooperation contingent upon her having a degree of editorial control that we couldn't allow."

In a statement released to the media earlier this week, the Portland Police Department said the allegation involved an encounter between Gore and the licensed massage therapist at a hotel on October 24, 2006. The department concluded there was not enough evidence to bring charges against the former vice president.

But Portland police spokeswoman Mary Wheat told CNN they released their report on the alleged sex crime this week because the National Enquirer was set to publish a story on the matter.

Barry Levine, the executive editor of the National Enquirer, told Washington Post media critic and CNN contributor Howard Kurtz that the still-unidentified woman demanded the tabloid pay her $1 million for the story.

The Enquirer ultimately decided not to pay for the story because it was able to obtain the detailed police report. Levine also suggested the tabloid was troubled the woman did not make a statement to the police for more than two years after the alleged incident took place. However he ultimately published the piece because "we felt, if this was in legitimate police documents, that was a story that should be brought to the surface.

After the police report was made public, several national news organizations – including CNN – reported the story. Kurtz told CNN he's not surprised the mainstream media ran with the report even though the underlying evidence of its truthfulness appeared tenuous.

"The reason this story was fit to print – even though we don't know the woman's claims are true – is that there are police records involved," said Kurtz. "So there are plenty of reasons for mainstream journalists to be skeptical about a four year claim by a woman who declined to be interviewed by the police for at least two years. But once the Portland authorities looked into the matter and generated public records, it becomes hard to ignore such a story when a former vice president is involved."

Portland Police said Wednesday the woman came to the department in January 2009, explaining that she would like to give a statement. "The woman read from a prepared statement and detailed the events of October 24, 2006. She reported that she was repeatedly subjected to unwanted sexual touching while in his (Gore's) presence," the police department's statement Wednesday said.

Earlier this year, the woman asked investigators if she could edit her statement, indicating that she could provide detectives with more information, authorities said.

Gore's office has refused to comment on the story.

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  1. Michael in Houston

    here comes another Paula Jones....a nameless person who wants her 15 minutes of fame in order to get attention, money, and perhaps launch a political career, reality show, a music Cd, or whatever.

    Now that she is has "some story" that she is wanting to tell years after it supposedly occurred...this better be good sweetie. Because if your trying to make a story/accusations from nothing outside you happened to give Al Gore a massage 4 years ago, then I think you should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. If there is truth to it, you had better be able to prove it.

    June 25, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. Marge

    I think for once the MSM saw this for what it was a scam and extortion attempt. Anybody that believes that Al Gore would sexually assult someone is sick in the head. The reason she waited so long...well to try to have the so called incident hazy and getting more traction. She slipped up...she told the police that a song called Pink something was playing in the background...well the police have found that song was released until six whole months after the so called assult. WHAT I WANT TO KNOW IS WHO PUT THIS PERSON UP TO THIS.

    June 25, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. Rush Limbaugh marries ambulance chaser,and were still laughing

    Shes no different than Sarah Palin,both are selling the same thing and the morons are buying it.People will sell anything now,just look at the republicans.hahaha

    June 25, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. Jane

    It was only a matter of time before opponents of Gore's noble efforts would try to discredit him - in any way they could. What else is new?

    June 25, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. pat

    Where's the story? All this says is that questions are being raised. I guess we'll have to rely on The Enquirer again to find out anything. Is that the only newspaper that has investigative reporters? They broke the story on John Edwards while the rest of the media twiddled their thumbs. If there is a police report there is a story.

    June 25, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. Goober

    One more inconvenient truth for dear old Al.

    June 25, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. Fed up in Midwest

    Is there ANY QUESTION why this has not been reported by the main stream media? Come on, Alex. I think Mr. Gore was feeling a little "global warming" of his own.

    June 25, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. RealityKing

    Typical progressive news cover..

    June 25, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. Obama reads his propaganda and lies, debt gets out of hand, and only the Socialist and Union members seem to be smiling.

    Typical Liberal game plan, blame the messenger, ignore the message. The polls finally show in great numbers most of us are listening to the message and we don't like it!! See you in November Democrats, enjoy your final days in office while they last.

    In Love with the Tea Party

    June 25, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. wholetruth

    Hmm, sounds like a double standard here. The media runs a story about alleged affairs for a SC Republican Gubernatorial candidate and the National Medial, CNN, and state paper run with the story-based on the claims alone without any due diligence. This Gore story does not even merit a mention and the victim files a police report. Now CNN is concerned with the veracity of the accuser? Why not in the Nikki Haley story you ran prior to her run-off. Biased perhaps?

    June 25, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  11. sex,lies and liberals

    It's funny how the Gore's divorce coincides around the same tiime as the release of this story. This smells like the Edwards scandal.

    June 25, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  12. Katie

    Nothing says "true and honest" like the victim wanting $1 million for her story.

    June 25, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. Barack.Hussein.Obama-America's-Benevolent-DICTATOR

    They didn't publish or pursue the story because Gore is a flaming liberal Democrat. If he was a Repulican, it would have been front page stories for months.

    The leftist main street media can't even pretend to be fair anymore.

    June 25, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  14. Rickster

    The democrats favorite activity is to have the wool pulled over their eyes. Al "get off of me you big lummox" Gore is just yet another example. Gore is a dim bulb that was only bright enough to fool democrats and he parlayed that into a fortune because dems are dumber than he is. He and his global warming ideas are total frauds. Wake up, people.

    June 25, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. HeyHey

    Anyone can make up allegations about anyone. In this day of me-first-now, reality show insta-famewhores, we're going to see a lot more of this nonsense.

    June 25, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    Ridiculous. It's simple really: Chance encounter with rich, famous person = potential windfall settlement or judgment thru false accusations. In Amurika, especially in the media...particularly in politics...the accusation = the conviction.

    June 25, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  17. Ruth

    Leave Al alone. He is the typical politician. That is what they do. No matter which party they belong to-that is what they do. Not right –but that is what they do.

    June 25, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. db

    Once again, liberal hypocrisy at work. Libs tell us that "women don't lie" about accusations of sexual assault – unless the accused is a prominent, powerful liberal. That fact is that the accuser reported the alleged assault to police when it allegedly happened. If the accused were a prominent, powerful conservative, would anyone be "questioning" the accuser's "motives"?

    June 25, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. MSH, Miami, FL

    Oh, please. She goes to the police in January of 2009 about an incident she claims happened in October of 2006 and then demands that the National Enquirer pay her $1,00,000 for the story? Oh, right... that's how a real victim acts. Give me a break. She should be locked up.

    June 25, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  20. ldpresso

    Maybe he was just trying to demonstrate global warming via climax change.

    June 25, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  21. Victim of GOP Taliban

    "Massage Therapist" wanting to give a prepared statement to the police?
    Now that's a credible source. Gee no wonder the National Enquirer is ditching their I was abducted by aliens frontpage story to run with this.

    June 25, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  22. jon

    It's George W Bush's fault. He created this mess that we're in and she's contributing to it.

    June 25, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  23. all the news that's fit to omit

    Calling for her "services" at 11:00 at night (no Tipper around), using a fake name and just recently hearing that they were divorcing after 40 years.

    Add in the recently buried cheating scandal and you begin to wonder if all of this is true and is just the tip of the iceberg.

    Time will tell and the media can't keep protecting him if they are true.

    If this were Dan Quayle he would not be given excuse after excuse by the too compliant liberal media.

    June 25, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Is this why he's getting divorced?

    June 25, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. demmie

    of course hte media outlets also didnt think there was enough evidence against John Edwards either...just sayin...

    June 25, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
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