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Thursday, June 24, 2010

What's Weird About the Al Gore Sex Case

Posted by Stefan Kamph on Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Besides, you know, the whole thing.

The Secret Service, the FBI, and the Oregon State Police all refused to take the case when approached by the alleged victim, a 54-year-old massage therapist. They passed her on to the Portland Police Bureau. Before the police got a chance to interview her, she called Detective C. M. Waddell and told him she would file a civil suit, and no longer wished to press charges. "This case is exceptionally cleared as [name redacted] refuses to cooperate with the investigation or even report a crime," wrote Waddell.

The Portland Tribune learned of the case but decided not to report on it. Tribune editor Mark Garber tells Politico that it didn't pass "many of the test points that we would normally have to determine whether there was sufficient evidence that something inappropriate had occurred."

The woman returned to the Police Bureau in January 2009, saying she wanted to file a complaint and record an interview explaining what happened. She was warned that her case might not hold due to the statute of limitations, but she still wanted her complaint on record.

She requested that document from the Police Bureau earlier this month. As police spokesperson Mary Wheat told the New York Times, she indicated to the police that she intended to take the article to the media.

The National Enquirer published the document yesterday. The tabloid is known for paying sources and tipsters dearly. So it's entirely possible—though we can't confirm—that the alleged victim was paid for her story.

The Police Bureau's case file was updated last Friday, June 16. Detective Maggie Daul noted that she had received a revised transcript on June 3, and was placing it in the evidence file. "The investigation is concluded," she wrote, less than a week ago. This update page is included in the report pdf.

Update 11:39 am: Dina Nishioka, PR Director for Hotel Lucia, says she can't disclose whether or not Al Gore (or his alias, "Mr. Stone") was in fact staying at the hotel on the night in question, October 24, 2006.

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