Gore Denies 'Grope' Accusation As Police Reopen Probe

A spokeswoman for former US vice president Al Gore refuted accusations that he groped a masseuse in Oregon in 2006 and said a newly reopened police probe into the matter would clear his name. "Further investigation into this matter will only benefit Mr. Gore," said the statement by Kalee Kreider, the Gore family spokeswoman, issued late Wednesday. "The Gores cannot comment on every defamatory, misleading, and inaccurate story generated by tabloids. Mr. Gore unequivocally and emphatically denied this accusation when he first learned of its existence three years ago. He stands by that denial," Kreider said. The statement was issued as police in the US state of Oregon announced on Wednesday that they had re-opened the four-year-old investigation into the allegations. A statement on the Portland Police Bureau website said investigators would re-examine the allegations after an earlier inquiry stalled when the Nobel laureate's accuser declined to be interviewed by police. "The Portland Poli