A lot of things have been happening of late that run directly counter to the country's impression of who Al Gore is. First, he split with his wife of many years, Tipper. Now, it seems, accusations of sexual assault have come to light from the former vice president's trip to Portland, Oregon in 2006. Gore allegedly sexually assaulted a masseuse while staying at the Hotel Lucia there. According to statements, Gore was staying there on October 24, 2006, when the masseuse, a 54 year old woman, was called late in the evening to give a massage to a "VIP" client.
It turns out that VIP was Gore, and the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office did confirm the report. Noted Michael Schrunk, Multnomah County district attorney, "We were told the woman was not willing to be interviewed by the Portland Police Bureau and did not want a criminal investigation to proceed." Apparently the woman was going to keep the matter civil, planning to file suit against Gore before she went to the National Enquirer last month and asked for $1 million for details of the story.
The woman, who remains unidentified, then filed accusations in January, 2009 and noted, "He pleaded, groped me, grabbed me, engulfed me in embrace, tongue kissed me, massaged me, grabbed my breasts." The woman also noted that Gore pinned her down and caused an injury to her leg that required several months of medical treatment. The woman also claims that she has been traumatized since the incident and has sought the help of a counselor to deal with her issues. All of that likely adds up to a big settlement for Gore in the near future.