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Morgan Stanley fires former congressman Harold Ford Jr


After losing his Senate campaign, Ford Jr. was hired by Morgan Stanley and also started a media career.

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.

At least one woman was interviewed by Morgan Stanley as part of the investigation, Huffington Post reported.

But an email obtained by the reporter reveals that Ford apologized to the woman he allegedly harassed after she told him to back off and stop asking her out for drinks.

The woman alleges Ford continued to contact her after the incident, and she eventually requested he cease doing so, according to HuffPost.

"He has been terminated for conduct inconsistent with our values and in violation of our policies", Morgan Stanley said in a statement sent to NBC News.

"I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life", Ford tweeted after HuffPost broke the story Thursday.


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

He added: "I support and have tremendous respect for the courageous women now speaking out in this important national dialogue".

False claims like this undermine real silence breakers.

With the firing, Mr. Ford became the latest prominent man to lose his job amid heightened scrutiny of workplace behavior.

Ford, a frequent guest on news and finance TV shows, served five terms in the U.S. House of Representatives for Tennessee's 9th district before joining Morgan Stanley in 2011. She claims however that she met with Ford Jr. under professional circumstances "several years ago" but does not say exactly when.

MSNBC announced that contributor Harold Ford Jr. will not be allowed on the network during an investigation of misconduct accusations. MSNBC had no immediate comment on the situation.

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