Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. fired for sexual misconduct

Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. fired for sexual misconduct

According to the complaint, Ford engaged in sexual misconduct toward one women, including once grabbing her in the lobby of a building and routinely harassing her afterward. She claims however that she met with Ford Jr. under professional circumstances "several years ago" but does not say exactly when.

A spokeswoman told Reuters on Thursday that Ford had been fired, saying that he was let go for "conduct inconsistent with our values and in violation of our policies".

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. She sought the help of a security guard to escape the situation.

'This simply did not happen. While this woman did not work for the financial firm, various witnesses have corroborated her claims about Ford's inappropriate behavior towards her. Morgan Stanley confirmed to HuffPost that Ford was terminated for his alleged misconduct.

Ford, who is also a political commentator on MSNBC, forcefully denied the accusation and threatened to sue both the bank and the woman who accused him, identified in his statement as a journalist.

They said she was 'distraught, shocked, and frightened'. The website also spoke with two people the woman had told about the incident.

"I support and have tremendous respect for the fearless women now speaking out in this important national dialogue", Ford said.

False claims like this undermine real silence breakers.

Ford's attorney John Singer said the firing "was a matter of convenience during a hyper-sensitive time and not based on real facts".

Mr. Ford served five terms in Congress as a Democrat representing a Tennessee district after first being elected in 1996. In 2006, he made an unsuccessful bid for the Senate, losing to Sen. He worked for Fox News briefly and then became a contributor at MSNBC where he has been appearing on Morning Joe and other programs for a decade.

He began working as a managing director at Morgan Stanley in 2011.

Disclosure: NBCUniversal is the parent company of NBC, MSNBC and CNBC.

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