Morgan Stanley fires former Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. for alleged misconduct

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Morgan Stanley fires former Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. for alleged misconduct

Harold Ford, Jr. a former U.S. Democratic lawmaker turned investment banker, threatened to sue Morgan Stanley after he was sacked from the bank for inappropriate conduct.

A former Democratic Tennessee congressman from a prominent political family has been fired from his Morgan Stanley job over allegations of misconduct.

In recent months, accusations of sexual misconduct and assault have toppled many powerful men in media, entertainment and politics.

A Morgan Stanley spokeswoman did not elaborate on when the investigation began, when Ford was terminated or the specific behavior that led to the termination.

Ford denies his accuser's allegations to the web publication, saying in a statement the incident "simply did not happen" and that he's "never forcibly grabbed any woman or man".

Ford issued a statement after the firing in which he threatened to sue the bank and his accuser. One woman heard from Ford's accuser the night of the incident and described her as "distraught, shocked, and frightened", and said that she was concerned about any career ramifications should she report the incident.

HuffPost said it obtained an email where the woman asked Ford to stop contacting her following multiple requests from the former congressman to go out for drinks. "Meant no harm", according to HuffPost.

"I can't say I was really surprised, but I can tell you I was really disappointed", says former Commercial Appeal political columnist Susan Adler Thorp. "And any relationship I had with Harold was strictly a professional relationship", says Adler Thorp. Again I apologize didn't mean to be inappropriate at all. "Sorry that impression was left", he allegedly wrote. The incident took place several years ago when Ford and the woman were supposed to be meeting for professional reasons. The Washington Post has not been able to obtain the emails.

'Having drinks and dinner for work is part of my job and all of my outreach to [the woman] making these false allegations was professional and at the direction of my firm for business purposes'. I support and have tremendous respect for the fearless women now speaking out in this important national dialogue. False claims like this undermine the real silence breakers. The woman was not an employee of Morgan Stanley, but spoke to the company's human resources department as they conducted an investigation. He will have a full report on FOX13 News at 5 and 6.

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