Former vice-president Al Gore has been cleared in the sexual assault case filed by Molly Hagerty, a massage therapist who gave Gore an in-room massage at at Portland hotel in 2006.
Hagerty's story, which probably everyone has heard by now, is that Gore wanted a "happy ending" during a massage, was pushy about it, and made sexual overtures after the massage. Gore said he remembered a pleasant but uneventful massage.
I thought the whole thing was strange from the start. Massage therapists know that some men push the boundaries, especially during in-room massage, and are trained with how to deal with it. Hagerty was in the room for three hours, billed him for it, and said, "Show me what you want me to do," when Gore allegedly said he wasn't getting what he wanted.
That's not what massage therapists typically say when they're with someone who is groaning and asking for work on their inner thighs, as she claimed.
But then there was the photo of her holding up a plastic bag with trousers in it, claiming it was evidence. Shades of Monica Lewinsky! That image was so damning.
It turns out that the pants had no seminal fluid. None. Hagerty failed a polygraph test. She was paid for her story to The National Enquirer.
And she told investigators she called Gore immediately after the alleged incident and "told him to 'dream of redheaded women'" (something Gore also says he doesn't remember).
We don't really know what happened in the room. Gore was cleared, but that doesn't mean nothing happened-- it means no charges will be filed.
Maybe Gore asked for a "happy ending." Or maybe Hagerty is nuts. No matter what the truth, both their reputations have been damaged.