Al Gore Off the Hook in Sexual Abuse Case

The former V.P. has been cleared of all charges

Former Vice President Al Gore can breathe a sigh of relief, as the politician has been cleared of any sexual abuse charges.

Gore had been accused of "sexually attacking" masseuse Molly Hagerty in Portland, Ore., in 2006, but after being questioned the Portland district attorney determined he did not commit acts of sexual harassment "appropriate for criminal prosecution."

Senior Deputy District Attorney Don Rees questioned Hagerty, who for her story to the National Enquirer for a hefty paycheck, then failed a polygraph test. She also sent a note to the management of the hotel where the alleged incident occurred, thanking them for sending her extra business two days later, which didn't bode well for her case that she was assaulted.

"This case is not appropriate for criminal prosecution. The matter is closed and the investigative materials will be returned to PPB [the Portland Police Bureau]," says Rees.

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

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