Gore cleared in masseuse case

Portland police say the masseuse failed a polygraph and the DNA didn’t match (because there was none).

Gore’s aides made a statement:

“Mr. Gore unequivocally and emphatically denied this accusation when he first learned of its existence three years ago,” spokeswoman Kalee Kreider said in a statement. “He respects and appreciates the thorough and professional work of the Portland authorities and is pleased that this matter has now been resolved.”

From KOIN TV in Portland the story

And another from the Associated Press

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68 thoughts on “Gore cleared in masseuse case

  1. Any time soon now the climate alarmists will fail polygraph tests too because their stories do not match the real world evidence.

  2. I am pleased to hear it but i suspect that one or two other cases of massaging figures may prove to be a bit more difficult to clear.

  3. No evidence of sexual contact?
    My impression is that if Al did get lucky, he’d call a press conference and brag.
    (Hmmm…. I wonder why Tipper left Al?)

  4. Sad … so sad.
    To have devolved from Gaia’s savior (in his own warped mind) to fodder for late night and stand-up comics. When the history of this era is written, he’ll be lucky to rate a footnote in an obscure tome that nobody will read.

  5. Clarification: Its not that the DNA didn’t match , there was no DNA evidence present TO match.
    I’m no Al Gore fan, but you might want to clarify this. Sounds like a complete gold-digging wentch to me…

  6. Gore missed one bullet. But 2 more to go. And a divorce that now makes sense. But I am not sure this story merits our attention.

  7. Kennedy, OJ and now alGore.
    The fact that this case is old and the physical evidence to support taking it infront of a judge was lacking, really doesn’t prove nothing happened.
    This is like demanding satellite temp readings from 100 years ago. We do not have them but that doesn’t infer anything as regard to actual temperature.
    If we apply extrapollation and get only one other complaint, he has to be guilty.
    alGore needed redemption in the worst way. He is absulutely honest and he is as close to knowing everything as anyone has ever been.
    I support the above by alGore claiming “several million degrees” at “2 kilometers or so down”.

  8. “NC”
    July 31, 2010 at 10:49 am
    “I am not an Al Gore fan, but, this does not belong on a science blog.”
    Read the banner text at the top of this page – this site covers more than science. It covers news as well, and the Gore is in the news. Again.

  9. “…but, this does not belong on a science blog.”
    And neither should Al Gore have ever been an “expert” on climate science. But the fact that the media has made Gore a climate expert, and his position in the movement that has discredited real science to a huge degree, probably makes this newsworthy in a sense. Although it wouldn’t disappoint me if this man’s name was never mentioned again.

  10. This does belong on a science blog. This vanguard of science also shows us that science has been hijacked by politicans and a political agenda.
    Now we find his “investigation” was also a well controlled and protected incident.
    The accuser was attacked and put thru a wringer. This is exactly why women have to think long and hard about reporting rape.

    Direct from Rees’ report:
    “On July 22, 2010 members of PPB met with Mr. Gore and his attorneys in San Francisco for an interview regarding Ms. Hagerty’s allegations. Through a pre-arranged agreement, Mr. Gore’s attorneys were provided with 14 questions posed by PPB. The attorneys agreed the investigators could also ask additional questions. Although presenting questions in advance is not the best procedure from our standpoint, when a person does not have to submit to a law enforcement interview it may be an appropriate practice in order to gain an interview.

    This is like telling a crook when you are coming by his house to see if he has drugs,
    Now my observation of sexism. Why did the accuser take a polygraph? She hasn’t been shown to be a criminal. Algore is the one that would go under lie detector. He is the perp pervert.
    Since this story is taking place on a planet and we claim this planet is toast, this reminds me of how women accusing males of rape get treated in Muslim countries. The men do not face trouble.
    Now applying the approaches we use in following scientific methods on this blog, should this just be up for a vote like warming tipping point catastrophes are voted on?
    All the warmistas have to vote saying alGore is innocent. Who needs facts or material evidence?
    Poor little old me. I am among one of 5 professions I am trained in, experienced in psychoanalysis and deal from time to time with people that have problems and when we find repressed sexual abuse from childhood, can find a journey to healing and recovery. I am not a fan of Psychonanalysis but have applied it. It shocks me how many people that exist that have been violated, molested raped etc in their past.

  11. This belongs in a science blog because Gore is attempting to promote a false science that would result in billions and maybe even trillions of dollars being spent at the cost of ordinary citizens and the enactment of laws and regulations and agencies to enforce recognition of his claim. The result if he succeeds would be a complete change in the life, freedom and security of the American people. The question here is integrity important to science and if someone lacks it should they be exposed?

  12. If you crop his mugshot to just below the eyes, he does remind one of “all work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy” of the “The Shining” – Sorry Jack.

  13. This was not rape rape.
    http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/steve_duin/index.ssf/2010/07/backing_al_gore_into_a_corner.html
    More important people are protected from accusations and less important people are destroyed.
    http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/steve_duin/index.ssf/2010/06/the_al_gore_story_what_to_make.html

    Yet for all that, I tend to believe Portland’s red-headed masseuse and her accusations about Al Gore. Though she does carry on in the 67-page play-by-play she finally dumped on police detectives in 2009, there’s the ring of truth in the breathless narrative about a politician coming on like Bill Clinton to a woman who has no interest in being Monica Lewinsky.
    Share Late on an October night in 2006, the massage technician arrived at Gallery Suite 903 of the Hotel Lucia to meet the former vice president, fresh off his latest speech on the great moral challenge of our time.
    That would be climate change, by the way, not the love-boat load of aging politicians — John Edwards, Eliot Spitzer and Mark Sanford among them — who will go to stupid lengths to have mindless sex with women who did not attend their weddings.
    Gore and the masseuse disagree rather passionately on what transpired before “Mr. Smiley Global Warming” — one of her many terms of endearment — signed the $540 bill for services rendered.

    John Edwards even paid an aid to claim to be the father of his baby.
    alGore has a monster incentive to not need to register as a sex offender in his long list of locations where he has a cabin, hut or pitches a tent. It would be rather “inconvenient”.

  14. A more dangerous person to science and, indeed, the American way of life, has not existed in the USA in my long memory. But, we should not waste too much time on algore. If he continues to grow in girth he will soon colapse into a singularity and no longer be with us.

  15. I’m disapointed this story was posted on this site. Leave this stuff to the Enquirer. It’s not relevant. Nor would it be relevant if a renowned skeptic was caught up in some unfortunate sex scandal.

  16. Regardless of whether Gore did or didn’t grope the masseuse, the story will never die. I don’t particularly care for Gore, but I sympathize with him on this issue. All that is needed is today’s instant media is an allegation of wrong doing to ruin one’s reputation.
    Not that Gore’s reputation is anything to aspire to. His legal efforts in FL in 2000 have poisoned US politics for a generation. Americans thought they could turn it off with the election of Obama, but it has just ratcheted it another notch. I hope it ends well, but I have little faith in resolution in the short term. Shame, but that what Gore has reaped.

  17. Gore’s holding back the tide for now. An innocent person would have made their fortune from National Enquirer by now if the story wasn’t true, yet not one muttering of an attempt to sue for libel. And time will prove why that is.

  18. I just topped up my tall glass of koolaid and share another idea or observation. With Bill Clinton as a mentor, alGore is in winning shape regarding counter attacks and protecting himself. Great training pays off. Smear the accuser. Control the inquiry.
    In medical training, a male doc or PA never does a pelvic exam on a female patient without a nurse in the room. Even during the daytime. Here alGore calls for help at 10:30 at night. No body guards around, kinks in his fine physical body and stress and tension too much to bear. (bare) Now he is neked and so modest under one of those little towels they offer at Holiday Inn Express.
    If he ever took an ethics class, he would understand a married man has a huge list of reasons to not have a woman alone in his room evah.
    If sex is what he wanted, this is perfect. He had her called in by phone and not walk thru the lobby with her where they could be seen together. You know we don’t want rumors.
    If you want to be a public speaker, you don’t want personal problems to destroy credibility.
    This is Bush’s fault. Ever since Bush stole the election, Algore has been despondent, depressed and repressing anger. alGore had no choice but to seek help. She let him down and had the nerve to falsely accuse him.
    Now the victum is labelled as a false accuser. She is called a plant by the Republicans and the warmists. She is said to be a part of the Right wing conspiracy. (How can she be, when Algore was the one who called he to his room?)
    The climategate leak was a conspiracy and theft.
    This is also now in the conspiracy category and like da Mann, has threatened an incredibly honorable person.

  19. I agree with NC skeptic, this doesn’t belong here any might give some thought to taking it down but leaving a note on having thought about it some more…….
    It might be better if alleged, or even, known character defects be left out of this site altogether.
    This seems to be the one area in which Gore might be given the benefit of the doubt.

  20. Thank goodness, my faith is restored.
    After all, Mr Gore is a Nobel Prize Laureate.

  21. I have always suspected, and many with me, I am sure, that behind many passionate and irrational defense of pseudo-truths, which borders religious fanaticism, there is a tormented libido.

  22. Al Gore will be back in the news again, after Tipper divorces him and starts talking.
    She’s going to talk, sooner or later.

  23. I think it is relevant. Al turned himself into a media interest gonging the crisis bell of warm temperatures. Anyone who seeks media attention or acts in a way that attracts media attention, will be accused of things they did and did not do, and will get away with or get caught redhanded doing things they shouldn’t. People like to think they can compartmentalize themselves in public and private lives. That’s a fairy tale. I find news about the public and private lives of media attracting skeptics and AGW’ers interesting and totally in keeping with this blog.

  24. #
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    j ferguson says:
    July 31, 2010 at 12:53 pm
    This seems to be the one area in which Gore might be given the benefit of the doubt.

    Not this puppy!
    Any ill that befalls this evil scamster is nowhere near enough by several orders of magnitude. A pox upon his house.

  25. Question is, did the Prophet apply the global warming methodology by hiding His decline? This did not make it to a court of law. The D.A. stated a “sustainable” criminal case does not exist. Sustainable? Really! How long did Schrunk hope to sustain this case? Maybe D.A. Schrunk should also be investigating global warming to see if it’s sustainable. A rather interesting choice of words, don’t you think? I smell a rat. The Prophet has been doing too much “good” to be taken down by a masseuse. Such indiscretions can be smoothed over and forgotten because his mission from God is far more important.

  26. Q: What does science and crazed sex poodles have in common?
    A: Nothing
    Q: Why is this article here?
    A: ????????????????

  27. With the recent report by NOAA on the state of the climate in 2009 showing even more compelling and now almost certain evidence for global warming due to an enhanced greenhouse effect, and with the EPA rejecting skeptics claims that the EPA decisions are premature or inappropriate, this blog settles for titillation. Sorry, it’s totally out of place.

  28. Again,this really really ought to be taken down, but archived and an apology made. The sooner the better. Wild speculation is best left to the IPCC.
    I love a scandal and I hear the cries of liar,liar but I did not think this was what this site was about. If Tipper is OK with all them $500 mass-ooses, then so am I….
    Damn, that just slipped out.
    Please remove now before we all give way to our baser instincts!

  29. Standard-it’s the Woman’s fault- the Profit gets treated with Kid Gloves….
    She’s turned on a spit….

  30. Jack Savage says:
    July 31, 2010 at 2:02 pm
    “Again,this really really ought to be taken down, but archived and an apology made. ”
    Apologize for what?

  31. Somehow I think Gore’s shattering moment is not far off.
    Like I have said in the past: The really smart ones distanced themselves some time ago.
    A lot of hangers-on are likewise getting clear of the implosion.
    The really trapped ones are in a glass sphere of their own making.

  32. Inconvenient troooths
    In order for the film to be shown, the Government must first amend their Guidance Notes to Teachers to make clear that 1.) The Film is a political work and promotes only one side of the argument. 2.) If teachers present the Film without making this plain they may be in breach of section 406 of the Education Act 1996 and guilty of political indoctrination. 3.) Eleven inaccuracies have to be specifically drawn to the attention of school children.
    Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2007/10/09/court-identifies-eleven-inaccuracies-al-gore-s-inconvenient-truth#ixzz0vIc1rRCa
    Some one contact the court. They need to know that alGore is now declared to be honest in every way. They have no choice but to rescind their accusations.
    How are things workin’ out for John Edwards?

  33. Al Gore owes science a debt, that he can never repay.
    Science is not about consensus, sound bites, scary scenarios, false (carbon credit) economies, school children force fed “green” misinformation, investments in subsidised (unsustainable) power sources, wasted funding, it’s about discovery.
    I say, throw him to the wolves, or educate him.

  34. This is not only a science board, it is a serious one at that. The EPA rulings are based on all the works and altruistic deeds of the IPCC and der leader Choo Choo Pachairi.
    IPCC now in Bizarroland: Pachauri releases “smutty” romance novel …
    The other piece of the puzzle, (Pamela Grey mentioned “partitioning” compartmentalizing stuff) is that this warmist agenda has been elevated to a superior moral motive.
    If you don’t climb on the bandwagon, you are morally inferior (probably racist also)
    and want the planet, our grand children and poley bears destroyed. We must react to a moral imparrative!!!
    Pachurari is leading this global warming movement to reach out to the softer sciences.
    btw, erotic, utopian and other fantacies are related.

  35. My sex life is none of Al Gore’s business! (and I’ll return the favor)
    When it comes to “the science”, however, bash away!
    How many degrees, Al?
    Best,
    Frank

  36. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t interested in this story. I’d also be lying if I said I don’t wish any ill-will towards big Al. Quit honestly, I was disappointed when I heard they weren’t going to file charges. As to the suggestion WUWT should apologize, to whom? For what? It could go something like this….”I’m sorry algore, my bad that you were a complete dolt for calling a strange woman to you hotel toward the middle of the night and met her in your birthday suit. And that people are discussing your stupidity, Mr. former VP, nobel-peace prize winner and all around mouth-piece for the carbon-credit ponzi scheme. Not just here, but all over the world.” Maybe it could go like that.
    All that said, it does make me a tad uneasy to have it here. Not because I don’t think it should be reported or discussed, it should. And not because I don’t think you’re well within your rights to do so, you are. It just seems a bit beneath WUWT.
    Just my opinion. Cheers

  37. Those of us in the harder sciences find it difficult to lend much credence to the softer sciences such as psychology and sociology. But sociology – as a science – is indeed interested in all aspects of us humans. It views all things we do as interconnected, and probes for answers to all the ensuing “wherefores” and “whys”. Somewhere in the distant future some sociologist or psychologist will do a dissertation or publish an article illuminating us as to the connection between fanaticism and libido – and Gore will figure prominently among those that make exhibit A.

  38. The story of Mr. Gore belongs on the blog exactly because the accusations against him were also covered (either as a blog, or as thread comments).

  39. Paul R,
    you’re killin me! 🙂 Hysterical.
    I don’t think the post is totally inappropriate. We need a little levity now and then.
    It’s really not a crime to attempt to seduce someone. But, if her account is true, it painted a very narcissistic, selfish, uncaring image of a celebrity who otherwise has been portrayed as a saint.
    His character IS an issue. It means everything when evaluating his role in the CCX and why he would lobby congress to funnel our hard earned cash thru it.
    Too bad she didn’t have a video cam running.. and maybe a taser to help him “fix this” when he demanded it. 🙂

  40. Future Masseurs prepare:
    Wireless Web cam running, recording every bullying/manipulating tactic, she respectfully objects to being poodled. Then the demand: “Fix This!”
    To which she seems to capitulate… ” okay, sir, just sit back, close your eyes, and I’ll try to “fix it” .
    The camera observes the entrance of the Taser.
    ZZZZZZZZZZT!
    GAAAAAHGJKLK!
    Youtube sensation.
    Feel free to snip. 🙂

  41. NC Skeptic says:
    July 31, 2010 at 10:49 am
    I am not an Al Gore fan, but, this does not belong on a science blog.
    Jack Savage says:
    July 31, 2010 at 10:56 am
    This news item does not belong on this blog.
    ————————–Reply to both:
    Note the masthead of Watts Up With That is: “Commentary on puzzling things in life, nature, science, weather, climate change, technology, and recent news by Anthony Watts.” I’d say this story is allowed by at least “puzzling things in life”; you can also add “recent news”.
    Personally, I’m glad Gore was cleared; I want him to be destroyed through his support of erroneous science, not because of some bimbo’s sexual charge.

  42. I don’t like AlGore. I don’t believe AlGore. But there is no way in Hades that anyone would be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a sexual assault occurred. Any good prosecutor would drop a case that he knows he would lose.
    This does not mean that it never happened. It means that the allegations are not provable. Don’t wait 3 years before bringing charges.

  43. FWIW you can fairly easily beat a polygraph test. Tighten the ‘anal sphincter’ for a false high blood pressure “lie” reading. I forget the technique for a false “truth” reading, but Penn and Teller had an interesting show on this showing honest folks failing (as they were simply nervous) and showing someone give readings as desires via things like the “pucker” technique. That’s why polygraphs are not allowed as valid evidence these days, at least by bright law enforcement…

  44. I read much of the first masseuse’s statement to the police (I read all of the section about Gore’s behavior). I found that it was lent credibility by its level of detail, the masseuse’s worries about how to get out of the room without getting into problems with Gore, his security people, etc. – her trying to get out without getting Gore angry and without leaving Gore angry. I can understand somebody’s trying to strike a balance between cooperation and resistance such that the balance seems overdone to others, though my experience with it involved my fear only of violence since no sex (potential or actual) was involved (the person involved was having an “episode” and later, along with apologies and explanations, told me that I had, thank goodness, behaved perfectly to defuse the situation). There were also a few things in the masseuse’s account that seemed odd (the song thing). And somebody said that it sounded like “VP groupie porn” and I can see that aspect, though sometimes in real life people behave in ways suitable for one or another kind of porn. The thing is, though, that it could be based on a real experience or experiences with a person or persons other than Gore, and then Gore’s name and some Gore-ish details are added.
    There was a novelist named James Purdy who wrote a play which was performed somewhere in Greenwich Village decades ago. I attended a performance and spoke with him afterward. I told him that it was “the most beautiful version of that story” that I had heard. The story involved a kindly young man talking to his mother who turned out to be an apparition since, unbeknownst to the young man, had just died. I said that I didn’t believe that it actually happened. Purdy said that the real-life person on whom the character was based lacked the (creative) intelligence (or something like that) to make such a story up, and I didn’t argue with Purdy (well, geez, I didn’t want to get all critical on him, and besides he had just told me the true identity of a minor character whom he had dubbed “Tim Raisin” in some novel). It occurred to me later that I could have said, that the (real-life) young man didn’t make it up, but borrowed it, so to speak, since in fact it’s a common “experience,” and I had first learnt of it when I was quite young, reading it in some magazine containing reports of the (supposedly) occult and paranormal. That’s why I said “most beautiful version of that story” in the first place. My guess became that (in real life) the young man’s mother herself had, in the past, told him of such an experience.
    I think that there’s a lot of falsehood in Gore and that, if the accusations be true, then they will be relevant in casting light on his cultish pushing for action against AGW – it will be not the same as, but still not so unlike, the scandals of those televangelists who turned out to be hypocrites. A politician with control issues, such is not incredible. And I have trouble making up my mind about whether the accusations “probably” true etc. But, in the absence of better evidence, there are just too many ways to have a reasonable doubt in Gore’s favor.

  45. Interesting to see that right wing politics is really infiltrating the skeptic camp. Can we now have some revelations about George Bush, Ronnie Reagan and Thatcher to even things up? If I was looking for proof that skeptics are more interested in promoting right wing agendas than in science you would have give me a huge boost. Come on, you can do better than this.

  46. Give the guy a break. A guy needs a massage or two after inventing the Internet and Global Warming, but this masseuse left him cold.

  47. MattN says:
    July 31, 2010 at 10:47 am
    Clarification: Its not that the DNA didn’t match , there was no DNA evidence present TO match.
    I’m no Al Gore fan, but you might want to clarify this. Sounds like a complete gold-digging wentch to me…

    Completely agree, and I thought the same when I first saw this story at Climate Depot. Whether or not Fat Gore is a sex maniac (and I see no proof that he is) is utterly irrelevant to me as an AGW sceptic. Anthony, one thing I love about your blog is that it tends to stick to the science, and the controversies within the science. This kind of post will invite justified criticism in alarmist and sceptical circles alike, and can only diminish your blog’s fine reputation, in my humble opinion.

  48. Gareth Phillips August 1, 2010 at 2:00 am
    Interesting to see that right wing politics is really infiltrating the …

    Examination of the evidence (exculpatory evidence at that) is ‘right wing’?
    Gee, thanks. I guess the ‘left’s stuff’ then includes all the slander, innuendo, including slighting, insulting, perhaps some phrenology tossed in as well.
    .

  49. Gareth Phillips August 1, 2010 at 2:00 am
    Interesting to see that right wing politics is really infiltrating the …

    Examination of the evidence (exculpatory evidence at that) is ‘right wing’?
    Gee, thanks. I guess the ‘left’s stuff’ then includes all the slander, innuendo, including slighting, insulting, perhaps some phrenology tossed in as well.
    (corrected blockquote version … sorry)
    .

  50. Um, I think about half of those commenting completely miss the point. This was posted as an exoneration of Gore, not a continuation of the accusations against him. Only in the comments do you find continuing accusations, not in the post.
    The poster “EthicallyCivil” (living up to his screen name) said it best with: “The story of Mr. Gore belongs on the blog exactly because the accusations against him were also covered (either as a blog, or as thread comments).”
    Posting this puts the site in the unbiased camp, in that both the accusation and the official exoneration were openly discussed. To cover only the accusation and not the exoneration would be evidence of bias.
    As for whether anything concerning Al Gore belongs on a science site, obviously he is one of the prime movers of the global warming movement and his character is relevant. I don’t care how much he runs around on his wife, but if he had been found to be abusive to the woman, then we would justifiably wonder whether that character flaw was being extended to the rest of us.
    As to whether or not one should buy the exoneration, that’s the personal matter that has no business on a science blog, and only the commenters have gone there, not the original post.

  51. “Gareth Phillips says:
    August 1, 2010 at 2:00 am
    Can we now have some revelations about George Bush, Ronnie Reagan and Thatcher to even things up?”
    Sorry, Gareth, I do not remember the hankey pankey of the nineteen-eighties, when these three were in power, but why not stories about the younger Bush? Was is not the Examiner, writing last year that Laura was getting a divorce because of that good-looking African-American piano player? Just check the literature when you are waiting in line at Walmart.
    PS. In Germany a meteorogist has just been released from prison after 4 month; he was accused of rape by a former girlfriend. You could ask Gosselin for the details.

  52. Gareth Phillips says:
    August 1, 2010 at 2:00 am
    Interesting to see that right wing politics is really infiltrating the skeptic camp. Can we now have some revelations about George Bush, Ronnie Reagan and Thatcher to even things up? If I was looking for proof that skeptics are more interested in promoting right wing agendas than in science you would have give me a huge boost. Come on, you can do better than this.
    —————-Reply:
    How DARE you say I have “right-wing politics” or am someone with a “right-wing agenda”!!! I’m an Independent and damn proud of it. Take your skewed political bearings and stuff it! I require an apology, too!

  53. Yes, I have to concur that the allegations were bullshit unless there’s proof of the allegations, which there wasn’t. And she could’t even pass a polygraph.
    I’m glad Gore’s name was cleared on this one. If anyone every has credible evidence against him, then let them come forward, and if not, shut the F—- up.
    And like most here, I am no fan of Al Gore. But I know of no reason to think he was a bullying sexual-assaulting criminal.
    With another notable politician, who shall remain nameless, there is a pattern of allegations of behaviour dating back years that makes you wonder. Al Gore?
    Not so much.

  54. Ummm… why does this appear in a blog that claims to be about the truth about the climate?
    Oh yes, exactly.

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