Morgan Stanley Fires Former Dem Rep. Harold Ford Jr


One woman, who does not work for Morgan Stanley but interacted with Ford professionally, told HuffPo that she was interviewed as part of a human resources investigation into Ford's alleged misconduct.

"I will now be bringing legal action against the reporter who has made these false claims about me as well as Morgan Stanely for my improper termination".

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.

"This simply did not happen", Ford said in a statement.

Harold Ford Jr., at a panel discussion in 2012. The popular MSNBC program has seen its cast of regulars decimated in recent weeks, with sexual misconduct accusations leading to the termination of Mark Halperin and the benching of New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush while the Times conducts an internal review. News has not confirmed the details of the accusation nor spoken to the accuser, who was not identified in the Huffington Post.

Another person corroborated her account, telling The Huffington Post that they spoke with her after the incident.

I support and have tremendous respect for the courageous women now speaking out in this important national dialogue. He added that socializing with members of the press was part of his job, he said that "false claims like this undermine the real silence breakers".

"The inference to be drawn is that there is no reason, and of course we know that there is no reason", he said. The company said at the time that he would be responsible for "building business opportunities for clients" as well as managing relationships with corporate directors, senior executives, institutional investors, and private clients.

Ford left Congress in 2007 and has been a managing director at Morgan Stanley since 2011.

"Ford, formerly a Democratic congressman representing the Memphis area of Tennessee, frequently appears on MSNBC" s "Morning Joe", among other shows.