Harold Ford Jr. Fired by Morgan Stanley Over Inappropriate 'Conduct'

Harold Ford Jr. Fired by Morgan Stanley Over Inappropriate 'Conduct'

Harold Ford Jr., a former congressman turned Wall Street rainmaker, was sacked by the financial services firm Morgan Stanley in recent days "for conduct inconsistent with our values and in violation of our policies", the company said in a statement on Thursday.

Her allegation sparked an investigation at Morgan Stanley, where he is a managing director, and led to his dismissal.

Ford responded to the allegations hours after the report.

Harold Ford Sr. said he was surprised by the news today and hadn't talked to his son. I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life.

The Huffington Post earlier cited an unnamed woman who claimed Ford harassed her on a night several years ago.

Ford strongly denied the allegations in a statement, writing: "I support and have tremendous respect for the fearless women now speaking out in this important national dialogue".


"False claims like this undermine the real silence breakers", Ford said in a statement, published via social media by HuffPost reporter Yashar Ali. She said a security guard from a building also came to her aid in the physical altercation.

The Huffington Post did not identify the accuser but said that it had reviewed emails between her and Ford that confirmed the incident.

Mr. Ford served five terms in Congress as a Democrat representing a Tennessee district after first being elected in 1996.

"He has been terminated for conduct inconsistent with our values and in violation of our policies", a spokeswoman for the company told HuffPost.

At least one woman, who is not a Morgan Stanley employee but interacted with Ford in a professional capacity, was interviewed by Morgan Stanley's HR department as part of the investigation.

At Morgan Stanley, he was tasked with 'managing relationships with corporate directors, senior executives and institutional investors, as well as private clients'. He is alson one of the most visible members MSNBC's team of contributors - particularly on the network's "Morning Joe".

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