Al Gore cleared on groping charges

FORMER U.S. Vice President Al Gore will not face criminal charges over allegations he groped an Oregon massage therapist nearly four years ago.

The decision, announced Friday afternoon by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office, comes a month after Portland police reopened an investigation into the allegations by the therapist, Molly Hagerty, that Gore groped her and made unwanted sexual advances during a late night massage in his hotel room in October 2006, reported the Portland Oregonian.

The paper reported prosecutors declined to pursue the case because Hagerty, 54, failed a polygraph test and because she appeared to have been paid by the National Enquirer, which broke the story. As well, the Oregonian said, hotel workers gave conflicting information about that evening.

It quoted a spokeswoman for Gore as saying in 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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