PORTLAND, Ore. — Police said yesterday they are reopening an investigation into a Portland massage therapist’s allegations that former vice president Al Gore groped her at an upscale hotel in 2006.
In a brief statement, the Portland Police Bureau did not say why it was reopening the investigation. Police earlier said they considered the case closed because there was no evidence.
Kalee Kreider, a spokeswoman for Gore, said the former vice president “unequivocally and emphatically’’ denied making unwanted sexual advances toward the woman and that he welcomed the investigation.
“Further investigation into this matter will only benefit Mr. Gore,’’ Kreider said.
She also said “the Gores cannot comment on every defamatory, misleading, and inaccurate story generated by tabloids.’’
The masseuse 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.