Gore Won't Face Charges in Masseuse Case

Oregon woman alleged 'sex poodle' assaulted her
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 30, 2010 5:46 PM CDT
Updated Jul 30, 2010 5:51 PM CDT
Gore Won't Face Charges in Masseuse Case
Former VP Al Gore gestures as he joins cabinet ministers from Nordic countries for discussion on Greenland's ice sheet at the UN Climate summit in Copenhagen, Dec. 14, 2009.   (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)

(Newser) – A prosecutor says former Vice President Al Gore won't be prosecuted over allegations by a masseuse that he groped and assaulted her in his Portland, Ore., hotel room in 2006. DA Michael Schrunk said in a statement today the case has numerous problems and isn't appropriate for a criminal prosecution. Among the difficulties Schrunk cited: Although the red-haired masseuse said she was terrified of Gore, she also said she called him after their encounter and told him to "dream of redheaded women."

Schrunk also said she told the hotel two days after the encounter that she appreciated the business referrals it had given her—and didn't mention any problems with Gore. For more on Gore, who has been accused of inappropriate behavior by at least two other massage therapists, click here. (Read more Al Gore stories.)

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