July 7th, 2010
12:46 PM ET
12 years ago

People Magazine: Tipper stands by Al Gore

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/07/art.gores.gi.jpg caption ="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. Fletch

    Who cares. Its sad a good marriage has ended but it happens. The man of the people has profited wildly from being vice president and at least Tipper & the kids will be taken care of in the divorce.

    Gore is such a forked tongued politician. Bush was painful but can you imagine if Gore had been in charge after 911 – it would have been horrendous.

    July 7, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. What?

    This is so stupid. If they are comitted to each other, going on trips, being together as a family, why are they getting a divorce? That is beyond my comprehension. People have no clue what divorce does to a fmaily. As an educator I have seen grandchildren fall apart when their grandparents separate. The Gores are selfish if they are divorcing and not considering their family.

    July 7, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. Hugo

    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."

    Committed to Al and his reputation? Does she mean support him being A LIAR and a CHEATER? You know when you look at these elected Democrat and Republican officials and the type of lives they live, it is clear to see why we the common decent people of this great Nation are FOOKED!

    July 7, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  4. JWN

    I believe Al.

    July 7, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. mike

    lets go after Al Gore and try to discredit him by saying that he had an
    affair wake up america who cares what he did behind close doors is his business and is not ours to know the bible thumpers out there should
    look in there own backyard before caring what someone else is doing

    July 7, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. President Gore = No Gulf Oil Spill

    Gore tells the truth. Why is the media not talking about how Gore opposed the lifting of the ban on deep water off shore oil drilling when Bush lifted that ban in July, 2008?? Gore was right on Bush tax cuts leading to huge deficits. Gore was right on putting Social Security trust funds in a lock box. Gore was right on Iraq not having mountains of weapons of mass destruction. Gore was right on the danger of deep water drilling. People who voted for Gore in 2000 know that they are not responsible for the Gulf of Mexico filling up with Oil.

    July 7, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. Larry

    Would you people please keep your noses out of other peoples dirty underwear

    Get A Life ...

    July 7, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. John Adkisson

    What's the matter with these two? If they are so compatible, they should stay together. They were a splendid, world class couple.

    July 7, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. Luke Brown

    It is disgusting that someone so clearly trying to make money off a celebrity gets this kind of visibility.

    If you all would publish a photograph of this masseuse, it would be obvious to everyone that no normal healthy straight male is pursuing her for "sexual favors".

    Al and Tipper are both world-class. I hope they get back together.

    July 7, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. Steven P

    "Tipper remains committed to Al & his reputation...."

    Perhaps, if true, that has something to do with her own interests. After all, when she takes him to the cleaners, he's worth more with an intact reputation than not.

    Not an indictment, just a consideration.

    July 7, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. charles

    If you need publicity, book, movies or reality TV show its the best way to go. She realized late that he was a big fish. With some advisors she felt that it was a rare opportunity to let that jackport go away. I dont say Gore is an angel, but if not wrong they both had a good time that night.

    July 7, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. Enough

    Don't believe everything you read!

    July 7, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. howie

    Sure Al is innocent, ask him too??????????????

    July 7, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. JES

    Like most men and women with power I don't put anything past them.

    Gore had a great teacher with Clinton.

    Sorry Tipper I do think th other woman is truthful.

    July 7, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. Dale

    Tipper tell the truth about global warming and what these policies would do for your ex.
    He's been lying all along. Just tell the truth

    July 7, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. Rich

    I hope she is right, but Hillary believed Bill too. I am afraid that there is some truth to the lady's claim.

    July 7, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  17. BeverlyNC

    I believe Al Gore too. If you just listen to what this so-called massage therapist says, it's obvious she is after money. Everything she has done and said points to that as her single motive. Besides, have you seen this woman? I doubt any man would be interested in anything sexual from her.
    This woman is lying and re-opening this case has political reasons behind it somewhere. Has Karl Rove been in Portland lately? Sounds like his style of character assassination.

    July 7, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. jnj

    Maybe if she had been a more hands on (no pun intended) wife regarding his work and travelled with him to Portland these allegations would not have been able to have been made in the first place. I sure know if I were his wife I would have travelled with him all over this world helping and supporting him. But of course, she could find time to travel when it was to collect the awards and the Nobel Prize.

    July 7, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  19. rajun cajun

    Tipper can come on down to the Louisiana bayou just
    any time, now dat she got rid of her dead weight. We'll
    giv' er sum good craw fish and some home aid whisky.
    We'll square dance and such.

    July 7, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. scared of republicans

    Tipper the big winner in this and Al the big loser.

    July 7, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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