The Executive Editor of the National Enquirer says that the Oregon masseuse, who made a sexual attack accusation against Al Gore asked for $1 million from the tabloid, but the Enquirer did not disburse her or anybody else in accounting the story.
Barry Levine said in an interview on Thursday that the woman proffered to vend her account through her legal representative, but that no financial dealing took place and the paper carried out only a short meeting with her.
Levine also admitted that the Enquirer did not call Gore's bureau for remarks for competitive motives out of worry that the ex-Vice President would release a statement, and the paper would lose out on the scoop in the two days before it arrived at newsstands.
Gore Spokeswoman, Kalee Kreider substantiated that the paper made no such effort, but refused for further comments.
The Enquirer got hold of a Portland, Ore., police report in which the red-haired masseuse, whose name has not been disclosed by the tabloid, revealed the authorities that Gore had molested her during a 2006 hotel massage.
The woman initially declined to be interviewed by police, but thought again and had a meeting with detectives, early last year. The detectives said that there was inadequate proof to start a probe.
The police never sought after a statement from Gore or tried to interview him regarding the claim.
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