Audio of Gore assault accuser released

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland woman who accused former Vice President Al Gore of sexually assaulting can now tell her story in her own words.

Portland police have released the audio recording which involves explosive details accusing Gore of groping, kissing, and unwanted contact could be released as early as Friday, said Police Spokesperson Greg Stewart.

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Alleged abuse at Portland hotel

The alleged abuse took place at the HotelLucia in Gore's room in October 2006, according to police reports.

The woman told police she was repeatedly subjected to unwanted sexual touching, according to the police report.

Friend defends Gore accuser

A close friend of the massage therapist who accused former Vice President Al Gore of repeated, unwanted sexual contact says the woman was not after money, and just wanted Gore held accountable.

Donna Burleigh told KGW the massage therapist called her after the alleged 2006 incident and described being sexually assaulted by a high-profile public figure. Burleigh said her friend wouldn't identify the alleged attacker. But Burleigh soon figured it out.

She told me that her predator was coming back to town and guess what was on on the news? Burleigh said. Al Gore.

Burleigh said her friend was an honest woman and would never make up such a story. She said the massage therapist runs a professional business and was caught off guard by Gore's alleged advances.

She is not a predator. She is not looking for money, Burleigh said. She just wants him to be accountable for his actions.

Incident reported in 2006

Gore was in town to campaign for Governor Ted Kulongoski in October, 2006. Neither Gore nor his representatives could be reached for comment Wednesday. He and his wife Tipper recently announced plans to divorce.

No criminal charges were brought against Gore.

MULTIMEDIA:Timeline of alleged sex assault

The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office confirmed on Wednesday that the DA's office was briefed by Portland Police in late 2006 and January 2007 on allegations brought by an attorney representing the woman in the alleged abuse incident. At that time, her attorney indicated that the woman did not want to pursue criminal charges. Details:Initial 2006 police report

The woman herself came forward in 2009 and provided Portland Police with a detailed report on the alleged incident.

The massage therapist told investigators about an evening massage session during which Gore allegedly became enraged at times and tried to gain sexual favors from the woman.

I was shocked and I did not massage beyond what is considered a safe, nonsexual area of the abdomen, she said. He further insisted and acted angry, becoming verbally sharp and loud.

I went into much deeper shock as I realized it appeared he was demanding sexual favors or sexual behaviors. The woman said Gore grabbed her hand and shoved it toward his pubic area.

She alleged he later tried to have sex with her and began caressing her before she squirmed out of his grasp.

I did not immediately call the police as I feared being made into a public spectacle and my reputation being destroyed, she said.

I was not sure what to tell them and was concerned my story would not be believed since there was no DNA evidence from a completed act of rape. I did not even know what to call what had happened to me.

Read: 2009 interviews & police report (GRAPHICCONTENT, 73 pages)

The case was not investigated any further because detectives concluded there was insufficient evidence to support the allegations, a Portland Police statement read. More:Read the statement

The National Enquirer was the first to report the incident Wednesday. According to a release, the latest issue of The ENQUIRER reportedly include secret police documents obtained by the magazine. The Enquirer report also said that the alleged incident was part of what led to Gore s recent breaking with his wife of 40 years.

The paper's editor denied allegations that they paid for the story.

Under no circumstances did The ENQUIRER pay $1 million for the story of Al Gore and the massage therapist, Editor in Chief Tony Frost said Thursday.

Police say that, back in 2007, they released the initial three-page report regarding the incident after receiving a public records request from the Portland Tribune. An article on the newspaper's web site Wednesday indicated that the paper chose not to report the story at that time, in part due to the woman's desire to remain anonymous.

Police say that, in June 2010, the woman involved contacted detectives and asked for a copy of her statement, which she was given. She then asked if she could edit her statement and was told she could provide detectives with additional clarifications that would be added to her original report. She also advised that she was going to take the case to the media.

The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office said it was not notified until Wednesday that the Portland Police had conducted an additional investigation in 2009, and the DA's office said it only received that longer report on Wednesday.

A spokesman for the Portland Police Bureau said police do not consider this an ongoing investigation unless new evidence is received in this case. However, the District Attorney's Office issued a statement that said: If the complainant and the Portland Police Bureau wish to pursue the possibility of a criminal prosecution, additional investigation by the Bureau will be necessary and will be discussed with the Portland Police Bureau.

Gore family spokeswoman Kalee Kreider told the AP the former vice president had no comment.


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