Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Markets | By Rosalie Gross

Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. Fired From Bank Job Over Misconduct Claim

Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. Fired From Bank Job Over Misconduct Claim

Former Democratic congressman and MSNBC mainstay Harold Ford Jr. was sacked on Thursday by Morgan Stanley after he was accused of "harassment, intimidation, and forcibly" grabbing a woman several years ago, according to HuffPost. She declined to comment further on the move, first reported by the Huffington Post.

A woman had accused the former lawmaker of harassment and intimidation, according to their report.

Now, Ford has vociferously denied these allegations and has threatened legal action against The Huffington Post and Morgan Stanley for wrongful termination.

Harold Ford Jr. stands on stage at the Stonewall Democratic Club February 24, 2010 in New York City.

On the night of their meeting, she says she was left so frightened by how he "grabbed" her that she asked a security guard in the building they were in for help.

'This simply did not happen.

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"I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life", he said, in a statement released by his spokesman, Davidson Goldin.

The Huffington Post did not identify the accuser but said that it had reviewed emails between her and Ford that confirmed the incident. Ford continued to contact her after the encounter until she wrote an email asking him to cease contact.

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". He also said he intends to file a lawsuit against Morgan Stanley over his "improper termination" and separately sue a HuffPost reporter over "these false claims". "This all demonstrates how this was a matter of convenience during a hyper-sensitive time and not based on real facts".

In an interview with CNBC, Singer said Ford was notified through counsel that he had been fired. He worked for Merrill Lynch and started at Morgan Stanley in 2011 as a managing partner.

Ford Jr. joined congress at the age of 26 in 1997, taking over his father's seat as the Democratic Representative of Tennessee's 9th District. In 2006, he made an unsuccessful bid for the Senate, losing to Sen.

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