A Portland, Oregon massage therapist's claim of "unwanted sexual contact" against former Vice President Al Gore has been dismissed by local authorities.
Multnomah County District Attorney Schrunk said Wednesday there was insufficient evidence to support the masseuse's accusations. She has since refused to be interviewed by police and did not want the investigation to continue.
The National Enquirer first reported the woman's claim Wednesday, identifying her as a 54-year-old woman.
According to the police report, Gore went under the alias "Mr. Stone" at the upscale Hotel Lucia. On the day of the alleged incident, Oct. 24, 2006, Gore was in Portland to give a speech on climate change.
The massage therapist said Gore asked for an abdominal massage, according to a transcript of the interview released by police. The masseuse said Gore began to moan during his appointment, insisted that she go lower, and grabbed her hand and guided it to his pubic area.
She later claimed Gore tried to have sex with her and began to embrace her before she wriggled out of his grasp.
According to the police report, the woman canceled appointments with detectives on Dec. 21 and 26 after the alleged incident. Her attorney later canceled a January meeting the following year and said the case would be handled civilly.
The woman said she did not immediately report the incident because she didn't want to ruin her reputation and be made "into a public spectacle."
Gore announced early this month that he was separating from his wife, Tipper. The two had been together for 40 years.
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