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Al Gore cleared of allegations he groped masseuse

Former US Vice President Al Gore has been cleared of allegations he groped and assaulted a masseuse in a luxury Portland hotel room in 2006.

After a four-week investigation that included interviews with Gore, masseuse Molly Hagerty, her acquaintances and hotel staff, as well as testing a pair of stained pants belonging to Hagerty, it was decided there was no basis for prosecution.

Officials cited "contradictory evidence, conflicting witness statements, credibility issues, lack of forensic evidence and denials by Mr. Gore".

Gore (above right) and his attorneys met with Portland detectives in San Francisco on July 22, telling them he remembered almost nothing about the woman and was "completely baffled" by her statements.

Among the contradictory or conflicting statements about the alleged incident at the Hotel Lucia in Portland, Oregon, on October 24, 2006, prosecutors noted that Hagerty, who has red hair, said she called Gore after the alleged incident to tell him to "dream of redheaded women, seemingly in contradiction to her assertions she was terrified of Mr Gore". They also noted that hotel staff on duty at the time were interviewed and none recalled anything unusual.

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