Former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. Fired By Morgan Stanley For Misconduct, Threatens Lawsuit

Written by Anita Sanikop

 

Former Democratic Congressman Harold Ford Jr. has been fired
for misconduct by Morgan Stanley.

“He has been terminated for conduct inconsistent with our values and in violation of our policies,”
a spokeswoman for Morgan Stanley told HuffPost in an email.

Huff Post reported that the unidentified women worked with Ford during his employment at Morgan Stanley although she was not a Morgan Stanley employee. The incident happened several years ago in Manhattan. The women has documented that Ford forcibly grabbed her which led her to run and seek help from a local security attendant that night. Ford continued to email her to join him for drinks after the incident. The alleged victim asked him to stop contacting her.

Harold Ford
Morgan Stanley has fired former Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. for alleged misconduct. David Goldman/Getty Images

 

“Hey very sorry. Meant no harm,” the email reads. “And I apologize for whatever I may have said or what was said. And my overtures are strictly professional. Again I apologize didn’t mean to be inappropriate at all. Sorry that impression was left.”

Ford is now denying all allegations:

“This simply did not happen. I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life. Having drinks and dinner for work is part of my job, and all of my outreach to the news reporter making these false allegations was professional and at the direction of my firm for business purposes. I support and have tremendous respect for the brave women now speaking out in this important national dialogue. False claims like this undermine the real silence breakers. I will now be bringing legal action against the reporter who has made these false claims about me as well as Morgan Stanley for improper termination.”

Ford served as a member of the Democratic Party in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1997 to 2007.  Between 2011 and 2017, he worked as a managing director at Morgan Stanley. He has appeared on political-related TV programs such as NBC’s Meet the Press, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC. Ford has been fired from Morgan Stanly and suspended from MSNBC.

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