Al Gore never struck me as a particularly exciting person, but lately his alleged sexual antics have been making headlines, leaving us all wondering if the guy is a pervert.
Now two more women have come forward claiming that they were sexually abused by the former Vice President.
Let's take it from the top.
Shortly following the announcement that he was divorcing Tipper, his wife of 40 years, Star Magazine reported that Gore was in the midst of a 2-year affair with Laurie David, the ex-wife of Larry David. Both Gore and David denied the dalliance.
Then came the sexual assault allegations. Massage therapist Molly Hagerty accused Gore of sexually harassing her in Portland, Oregon, four years ago -- and she showed off her semen-stained pants on the cover of the National Enquirer to prove it. Gore emphatically denied her allegations.
Hagerty reported the incident to the authorities in 2006, and again in 2009, but they closed the case. Earlier this month, the Portland police reopened the investigation.
And now, two unidentified women -- both massage therapists -- claim that the former VP made some unwanted advances toward them.
According to a new story in the National Enquirer, one incident took place at a luxury hotel in Beverly Hills, where Gore attended the 2007 Oscars. The other allegedly occurred in 2008 at a hotel in Tokyo.
A Beverly Hills hotel source reportedly told the Enquirer,
"The therapist claimed that when they were alone, Gore shrugged off a towel and stood naked in front of her. He pointed at his erect penis and ordered her, 'Take care of this.'"
I need some more evidence before I pass judgment, but I'm not going to be happy no matter how this turns out. Either Gore abused his position of power to harass these women and scare them into keeping quiet. Or they're all lying and trying to tarnish his reputation for some cash and their 15 minutes.
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