It seems that the more power we give to lay-people, the more they feel that certain rules of behavior and decorum don’t apply to them. One need not look back too far in the recent history books to see the scores of examples of individuals (usually men) behaving badly towards others (usually women) and the repercussions of that coming to bite them in the backside.
While I don’t know any of these people and while the bedroom secrets of most celebrities is of little to no concern of mine, I am particularly disturbed by the alleged actions of one former Vice President and Presidential candidate Al Gore. Al Gore is one of those people you’re supposed to trust; he almost was the President. He should at least be trusted to be sleeping around in familiar circles so that there is an understood amount of candor. Or he shouldn’t be making any sexual advances on anyone other than his spouse. But if we’re going to be doing that, at least do it with some discretion.
According to reports from OregonLive.com “A Portland massage therapist gave local police a detailed statement last year alleging that former Vice President Al Gore groped her, kissed her and made unwanted sexual advances during a late-night massage session in October 2006 in a suite at the upscale Hotel Lucia.”
According to the rather lengthy article, “the woman told investigators that she informed two friends and kept the clothes she wore that night, including her black pants with stains on them.” Still, “…Portland police didn’t contact any of the woman’s friends, obtain the potential evidence or interview anyone at the hotel,” according to records.
In a sort of gross recounting of what happened, the masseuse told Portland sexual assault investigators, that she “…was called to the hotel about 10:30 p.m. Oct. 24, 2006, to provide a massage for Gore, who was registered under the name “Mr. Stone.” Once inside his ninth-floor suite, she said he pushed her hand to his groin, fondled her buttocks and breasts, tongue-kissed her and threw her down on the bed as she tried to thwart his advances.”
While some may say that this kind of thing ‘goes with the territory,’ there should be some kind of a way for this woman’s story to be corroborated. It appears right now to be something of a he-said/she-said case right now; the fact that this woman won’t come out of hiding yet is, on the one hand, telling. But investigators have all but shut this thing down, saying “We’re not disputing Al Gore was in the hotel room with this woman. The two people in that room were Mr. Gore and this woman. If a bellhop came in and saw something that would be different.”
Case Closed: According to OregonLive.com, “…the Police Bureau considers it a closed case,” though they have offered that “…it would reopen it if new evidence is received.” Perhaps the most telling evidence will be the public backlash from yet another celebrity doing what they will and all but getting away with it.
For Al Gore, the realities of the law and of public outrage may end up turning from theory into An Inconvenient Truth.