I almost hate to give credence to this National Enquirer driven story. But conservative blogs are all over this, so it need addressing.
The first thing to keep in mind is that the incident supposedly happened in October 2006. And we're only hearing about it now.
The Multnomah County district attorney's office was aware that the woman's attorney filed a complaint with police about two months after the encounter, but the woman didn't show up for three scheduled interviews with police investigators. At that time, police were told the woman didn't want to proceed with a criminal case and would pursue a civil case instead.
In other words, she wanted $$$$.
But I have some trouble with the narrative of what (supposedly) happened:
According to a lengthy transcript of the woman's Jan. 8, 2009, statement to a Portland detective, the therapist said she arrived in the suite about 11 p.m. Earlier that evening, Gore addressed a near-capacity crowd in the Rose Garden's Theater of the Clouds, telling the audience that man-made global climate change is the most important moral challenge of our time. She said Gore changed into a bathrobe, spoke of his grueling travel schedule and need to relax and told her to call him "Al."
While giving Gore an abdominal massage, she said he demanded that she go lower and soon grabbed her right hand and shoved it under the sheet.
"I felt like I was dancing on the edge of a razor," she told Detective Molly Daul.
Then why didn't she leave at that point?
She tried to use an acupressure technique to relax Gore and thought she may have nearly put him to sleep.
That would have been a good time to leave too.
She went into the bathroom to wash up and came out to pack up.
That's when, she says, Gore wrapped her in an "inescapable embrace" and fondled her back, buttocks and breasts as she was trying to break down her massage table.
She called him a "crazed sex poodle" and tried to distract him, pointing out a box of Moonstruck chocolates on a nearby table. He went for the chocolates and then offered her some, cornering her, fondling her and shoving his tongue in her mouth to french kiss as he pressed against her.
She said he tried to pull her camisole strap down.
She said she told him to stop it. "I was distressed, shocked and terrified."
She said she was intimidated by his physical size, calling him "rotund," described his "violent temper, dictatorial, commanding attitude" — what she termed a contrast from his "Mr. Smiley global-warming concern persona."
She's right. That doesn't sound like Gore.
Later, she said, he tried to lure her into the bedroom to hear pop star Pink's "Dear Mr. President" on his iPod dock. She said Gore sat on one end of the bed and motioned for her to join him.
Whoa, whoa, whoa. The massage is over and, according to her, she's already been groped and manhandled once. She's no longer in the "inescapable embrace" of Gore. So why the hell isn't she leaving NOW?
Suddenly, she said, he "flipped me on my back, threw his whole body face down over a top me, pinning me down."
She said she loudly protested, "Get off me, you big lummox!"
And this is where credibility really goes out the deep end. "You big lummox". What is this? A Katherine Hepburn movie?
Seriouslly, with the "lummox" comment and the "Dear Mr. President" playing on the iPod, this sounds like really bad fan fiction.
The therapist said she injured her left leg and knee and sought medical care for several months.
The therapist later told detectives she did not call the police because she was afraid she wouldn't be believed. "I deeply feared being made into a public spectacle and my work reputation being destroyed," she said.
As it was, she said, even friends of hers who had voted for Gore didn't necessarily support her.
No, I'm sure they didn't support her. I doubt it had anything to do with voting for Gore though.
She did call the Portland Women's Crisis Line, which encouraged her to call police.
She told detectives last year that she was not out for money but only wants "justice."
Then, if it was about "justice" and not about money, why didn't she fail to show up for three police interviews on three separate occasions? Why did she pursue a civil remedy, rather than a criminal one?
Tellingly, neither the police nor her former attorney seem too exorcised about the sexual misconduct:
Randall Vogt, a Pearl District attorney who specializes in sexual misconduct cases, said he represented the massage therapist in 2006. "That file was closed and put to bed and forgotten," Vogt said. "She and I parted on friendly terms as best I can recall." He was not aware that his former client reactivated her claims against Gore last year.
Wheat said police didn't investigate the woman's 2009 statement further because "they didn't feel there was any additional evidence that would change what they saw in 2006." That's also why the police didn't consult with the district attorney's office about the 2009 statement, she said. Wheat added that the woman received a lot of attention from police and a victim's advocate, who made sure she had counseling.
Look, it is entirely possible that everything that this woman said happened, happened. But her story sounds very suspect, IMHO.
UPDATE: The woman's statement to the police is available verbatim at The Smoking Gun. Why didn't she run from the room? She was afraid of getting tasered or shot by Gore's security detail. Riiiiiiight. (Interestingly, she later recounts having a conversation with Gore that night in which he told her that he doesn't get Secret Service protection).
If you read the whole thing, you get a good idea of this woman's mental state.
Oh, she's a 54 year old grandmother.
UPDATE #2: Case closed.
She alleges that Gore played Pink's "Dear Mr. President" on his iPod. In fact, he serenaded her with it.
Problem: The alleged event took place on October 24, 2006. "Dear Mr. President" was released on December 21, 2006.
How likely was it that Gore had obtained a pre-pre-release copy?
UPDATE #3: Okay, maybe not. There had been live performances of "Dear Mr. President" prior to the December 21, 2006 release date, going as far back as July 2006.