Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. fired for sexual misconduct

Cheryl Sanders
December 7, 2017

The woman confided in others about the incident, and one of her confidants told HuffPo that she appeared "distraught, shocked, and frightened" after the encounter with Ford.

Morgan Stanley executive Harold Ford Jr., who once represented Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives, has been has been fired from the global investment services firm amid allegations of misconduct, the Huffington Post reported Thursday. But it came after a woman who did not work at the firm accused Mr. Ford of acting inappropriately in a professional setting, according to a person briefed on the details of the allegations. He worked for Merrill Lynch and started at Morgan Stanley in 2011 as a managing partner.

The firing comes as companies, lawmakers, and politicians grapple with a string of allegations against prominent men.

"He has been terminated for conduct inconsistent with our values and in violation of our policies", said a spokesperson.

A woman who dealt with Ford in a professional capacity, but who isn't an employee of the bank, was interviewed by Morgan Stanley's human resources department in the probe, according to the Huffington Post.

At the time Morgan Stanley announced the hire, The New York Times described Ford's role as a rainmaker of sorts: "Mr. Ford will be responsible for "building business opportunities" for clients, Morgan Stanley said".

Ford denied the accusation and said that he would "be bringing legal action" against the accuser as well as Morgan Stanley.

Afterward, Ford continued to email her and ask her out to drinks. I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life.

"False claims like this undermine the real silence breakers", Ford said in a statement, published via social media by HuffPost reporter Yashar Ali. He served until 2006, when he ran a failed Senate campaign.

Ford has also been a political analyst on NBC/MSNBC.

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