Al Gore Cleared of Sexual Abuse

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Former Vice President Al Gore was cleared of sexual abuse charges Friday in Portland, Ore.

Gore, 62, was accused of making "unwanted sexual contact" with a massage therapist, Molly Hagerty, in 2006.

The Portland district attorney determined he did not commit acts of sexual harassment "appropriate for criminal prosecution," according to

Senior Deputy District Attorney Don Rees questioned Hagerty for selling her story to the National Enquirer, failing a polygraph test and thanking the hotel management for sending her extra business two days after the incident allegedly occurred.

"This case is not appropriate for criminal prosecution. The matter is closed and the investigative materials will be returned to PPB [the Portland Police Bureau]," says Rees.

Gore's spokeswoman, Kalee Kreider, issued a statement: "Mr. Gore unequivocally and emphatically denied this accusation when he first learned of its existence three years ago. He respects and appreciates the thorough and professional work of the Portland authorities and is pleased that this matter has now been resolved."