In a two-sentence statement
released tonight, the Portland Police Bureau announced it is re-opening its investigation into sexual assault allegations
made against Al Gore by a massage therapist in 2006.
The police had previously declined to pursue an investigation following an extensive interview with the woman in 2009, citing "insufficient evidence."
After the allegations were first reported last week, Gore declined to comment. Tonight, Gore spokeswoman Kalee Kreider sent along this statement:
Further investigation into this matter will only benefit Mr. Gore. The Gores cannot comment on every defamatory, misleading, and inaccurate story generated by tabloids. Mr. Gore unequivocally and emphatically denied this accusation when he first learned of its existence three years ago. He stands by that denial.