Harold Ford, Jr. responds to misconduct allegations, denies any wrongdoing

Javier Howell
December 8, 2017

Photo Harold Ford Jr., a former congressman, was sacked from his position as a managing director at the financial services firm Morgan Stanley for what the company described as behavior "inconsistent with our values".

Morgan Stanley fired former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. after conducting an investigation into harassment, making him the latest in a string of high-profile men to lose their jobs after accusations of mistreating women.

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

At least one woman was interviewed by Morgan Stanley as part of the investigation, Huffington Post reported. But it's also even worse than that because we now know that the woman in question was a reporter, and we know it because Ford Jr. said so in a statement of innocence tweeted out by HuffPo's Yashar Ali.

Afterward, Ford continued to email her and ask her out to drinks.

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

Ford strongly denied the allegations in a statement, writing: "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".

Now, Ford has vociferously denied these allegations and has threatened legal action against The Huffington Post and Morgan Stanley for wrongful termination. She claims however that she met with Ford Jr. under professional circumstances "several years ago" but does not say exactly when.

Mr. Ford served five terms in Congress as a Democrat representing a Tennessee district after first being elected in 1996. Ford had worked as a managing director for the company since 2011. (D-TN) is a fixture on MSNBC's Morning Joe, appearing many times as a panelist and guest host. A representative for MSNBC wasn't immediately available for comment.

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