Tipper Gore "Baffled" By Sex Assault Case Against Husband
Tipper Gore doesn't believe masseuse's claims.
Tipper Gore's world's been rocked since the June 1 announcement that she and husband Al Gore have decided to split. While the Gores continue to spend time together -- "They continue to be a tight family," says a friend -- Tipper is standing against an Oregon massage therapist's claims that Al Gore sexually assaulted her in 2006.
The Gore friend told People.com, "None of these [allegations] is true. Both Al and Tipper are baffled by the allegations across the board, frustrated to see his name dragged through the mud."
Another friend of Tipper Gore states that Tipper's well aware that Al simply likes massages -- seriously: "Tipper has known about these allegations since Al found out about them himself. She has known that massage has been very much a part of his health regimen for many, many, many years. She doesn't believe any of the allegations that this woman [Hagerty] is making and they played no role whatsoever in their decision to separate ... [Tipper] so wants a private life ... But she feels strongly that people know she doesn't believe anything this woman is saying. She remains committed to Al and his reputation."
Meanwhile, it looks like police are about to drop accuser Molly Hagerty's accusations that Al Gore sexually attacked her in 2006 during a late-night massage. Authorities have said there were "procedural issues" with the way Hagerty filed her claim.
And in the midst of the controversy, the Gores reportedly spent the Fourth of July holiday weekend together: "They were on a lake in Tennessee, with all the kids and grandkids. Doing lake stuff -- waterskiing, cooking out," the Gore friend tells People. "They continue to be a tight family. That's not going to change."