Al Gore Accuser's Pants Stain: Not Semen

Portland paper continues to justify not running story
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2010 10:02 AM CDT
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(Newser) – That infamous stain on the pants of Al Gore’s masseuse is not semen. That’s the biggest revelation to come out of a Portland Tribune article written by former managing editor Todd Murphy, which once again explains why the paper didn’t run the Al Gore sexual assault story back in 2007, and attempts to correct public perception of the Tribune as “the newspaper that passed on a boffo story in its own backyard.”

Talking Points Memo breaks down the nearly 3,600-word article to find other new tidbits about Molly Hagerty’s allegations: She admitted failing a lie detector test. Some acquaintances questioned her credibility. Phone records confirm the call to a friend she claims she made after the Gore incident, and another call to a sexual assault hotline. And this isn’t the first time she’s been involved in a legal drama: In 1998 she sought, but was denied, a restraining order against a former boyfriend.
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