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Police re-opening Gore investigation

world Updated: Jul 01, 2010 20:59 IST

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Former Vice President Al Gore welcomes a decision by police in Portland to reopen an investigation into a massage therapist's allegations that he groped her at a hotel four years ago, according to a spokeswoman for the Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

Kalee Kreider said that Gore "unequivocally and emphatically" denied making unwanted sexual advances. She added that "further investigation into this matter will only benefit Mr Gore."

Portland police did not say why it was reopening the investigation in its brief statement on Wednesday.

"It's now an open investigation and I can't comment," police spokeswoman Mary Wheat said.

Police earlier said they considered the case closed because there was no evidence. They said last week that the woman's lawyer came to them with the allegations in 2006 but that the woman canceled appointments with detectives.

The case reopened in January 2009, when detectives interviewed the woman but determined there was insufficient evidence to support the allegations.

The woman alleges Gore made unwanted sexual advances during a massage appointment on Oct 24, 2006, at the downtown Hotel Lucia, where Gore was reportedly registered as "Mr Stone" Gore was in Portland to deliver a speech on climate change.

The story first broke when the National Enquirer reported the allegations a week ago.