Two more masseuses claim Al Gore abused them

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National Enquirer raises further claims of sexual demands by former VP

BY Sophie Taylor LAST UPDATED AT 08:19 ON Thu 22 Jul 2010

Weeks after police in Portland, Oregon reopened an investigation into the claim by a massage therapist that she was molested by Al Gore during a hotel massage in October 2006, two further 'groping' complaints against Bill Clinton's former vice president have emerged.

The National Enquirer reports that the two new allegations concern a trip to Los Angeles to attend the Oscars in 2007 - when An Inconvenient Truth won best documentary - and a visit to Tokyo in 2008. On the first occasion, Gore is alleged to have demanded more than a traditional massage at his Beverly Hills hotel, while in Tokyo he is said to have dropped his towel, pointed to his erect penis and demanded of the masseuse, "Take care of this".

Gore has already denied the first reported incident in Portland, where therapist Molly Hagerty first told local police soon after the alleged incident in 2006 that she had been molested by Gore.

After Hergarty told the Enquirer about the incident earlier this year, a spokesman for Gore said: "Further investigation into this matter will only benefit Mr Gore."

The Enquirer's reports on Gore have been been given extra weight because the tabloid has been a roll recently with stories that have appeared incredible but turned out to be true. It was the Enquirer which broke the story of Senator John Edwards having a love child - and trying to cover it up - with his campaign videographer Rielle Hunter.

And, most famously, it was the Enquirer which first exposed the affairs of golfer Tiger Woods last autumn.

The allegations against Gore have arisen since he and his wife Tipper shocked Washington when they announced on June 1 that they were breaking up after 40 years of marriage. · 

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