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Two Other Massage Therapists Claim Assault By Gore

July 21, 2010

Trigger warning for some description of assault

This just in via The National Enquirer, which broke the original story:

The ENQUIRER recently uncovered shocking allegations, from two other massage therapists.

The first incident allegedly took place at a Beverly Hills luxury hotel when Gore, 62, was in Hollywood to attend the Oscars in 2007.

The second reportedly occurred a year later at a hotel in Tokyo.

A Beverly Hills hotel source told The ENQUIRER:

“The therapist claimed that when they were alone, Gore shrugged off a towel and stood naked in front of her.

“He pointed at his erect penis and ordered her, ‘Take care of THIS.'”

That’s all that’s available online, and I haven’t got my hands on an Enquirer yet, but that hasn’t stopped the apologists from jumping on it already. As this story breaks further, let’s keep on media outlets to remind them how they should be reporting this story.

UPDATE: I just went in search of the full story, which The Enquirer claims is available “on newsstands now.” But their current issue has nothing about the story that I could find. Do let me know if you see anything more, and I’ll do the same.

Cross-posted at Feministe.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. pluralist permalink
    July 22, 2010 1:54 am

    Uhm, isn’t the National Enquirer a tabloid? Why is this being taken seriously? Not that more massage therapists couldn’t have come forward, but I’d like a better source.

    • makomk permalink
      July 23, 2010 12:19 pm

      When I click that link, I get a message saying “The content of this website is not available in your area.” I’m in the UK. That probably says a fair bit about the National Enquirer’s general standard of reporting…

      • July 23, 2010 12:27 pm

        or about the UK’s libel laws. You know that here in the US, both houses have passed a law to prevent UK libel judgments from being enforced in the US, right?

      • makomk permalink
        July 23, 2010 2:34 pm

        Yep, I’m fully aware of UK libel law. It’s a lot nastier than the US libel law, and has some major issues, but the biggest difference is that under US law it’s safe to publish falsehoods about public figures unless it can be proved that you either knew they were false or had “reckless disregard” for whether they were or not. UK law, and most other countries, don’t have that.

  2. Jonathan permalink
    July 23, 2010 4:07 pm

    A few years ago, my little brother pointed something out to me. The Enquirer tends to break stories a good long while before everyone else. They do really good investigative reporting. It’s just that, because it’s a tabloid, most people just write it off. Things like Brittney being crazy, rumors about Lindsay Lohan’s lesbian lover, and Strom Thurmand’s illegitimate daughter were all broken in the Enquirer, weeks or months before mainstream press caught on.

    If you think about it, it makes sense. Mainstream media has never been real interested in investigative journalism. They have too much copy to cover to devote those kinds of resources to the endeavor. Tabloids like the Enquirer have to invest in investigative journalism so they can stay on top of the rumor mill. They already have a stable of PIs on retainer and a bunch of people willing to bribe and cajole informants, or dig through trash to get stories. They also have a large international backing.

    I’m reminded of Men in Black. “Some of the best investigative journalism you’ll ever find.”

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