June 30th, 2010 5:33 pm | by HANK STERN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics, Cops and Courts

More Gore

Al Gore

The woman who's accusing Al Gore of trying to sexually assault her in a downtown Portland hotel in 2006 is quoted in the National Enquirer's follow-up story this week of wanting police to launch a full investigation.

The tabloid promises that its story this week will have the masseuse, 54-year-old Molly Hagerty, revealing "the key witness who could blow the case wide open, the secret hotel video surveillance and the DNA evidence."

Meantime, today's WW has this piece quoting Portland police spokeswoman Mary Wheat saying what police should have done when the woman came in for an interview (in which Gore's accuser said she called the ex-vice president a "crazed sex poodle') in January 2009 to discuss what she says happened with Gore in the Hotel Lucia on Oct. 24, 2006.

“Supervisors and command staff should have ensured the additional report was referred to the District Attorney for review,” despite the two years-plus that had passed, Wheat said. “We are reviewing our policies and protocols concerning these types of cases.”

Wheat also said investigators did not try to contact Gore in 2009, but that police contacted Gore's legal counsel after last week's story surfaced. Wheat declined comment about any response in the past week from Gore's attorney or whether the accuser has contacted police about pursuing an investigation. “We will always evaluate whether an investigation should be reopened,” Wheat said. “If there is a need to clarify something, new evidence is brought forward or the person involved requests it.”
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