Tipper Gore Stands By Her Alleged Sex PoodleS

Not literally; she's still divorcing him. But not because she believes he got frisky with a Portland masseuse:

People has an exclusive! Says a "friend close to the Gores" of Molly Hagerty's claims,

"And they also say Al had an affair with a Tennessee Titans cheerleader one week, a Hollywood producer the next. None of these is true. Both Al and Tipper are baffled by the allegations across the board, frustrated to see his name dragged through the mud.

As you'll recall, the mud in question concerns not only serious sexual harrassment claims, but intimations that the Nobel Laureate used Pink's musical stylings as a seduction ploy and drank Grand Marnier straight. All false, says the friend, and none of it news to Mrs. Gore:

"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 has also been seen at a family function with Gore, and is clearly maintaining solidarity despite the split and a desire for privacy. "She 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."

All anyone can hope, at this point, is that whatever the outcome, people will respect Tipper Gore's right to privacy. And that the lurid case will come to a swift end - one way or another. Whatever happens, the world has already gotten the phrase "sex poodle." The rest is noise — and legalese.

Tipper Gore Isn't Buying Masseuse's Story
[People]