Former Democratic Congressman Harold Ford Jr. has been fired for misconduct by Morgan Stanley after facing a human resources investigation into allegations of misconduct, a company spokeswoman confirmed.
Her allegation sparked an investigation at Morgan Stanley, where he is a managing director, and led to his dismissal. 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. I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life. He identified the alleged victim as a news reporter and further expounded on the allegations. "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".
Ford denied the allegations in a statement to HuffPost and said he would bring legal action against Morgan Stanley and the woman. "False claims like this undermine the real silence breakers".
Another person corroborated her account, telling The Huffington Post that they spoke with her after the incident.
Mr. Ford served five terms in Congress as a Democrat representing a Tennessee district after first being elected in 1996.
An email to Morgan Stanley wasn't returned and Ford couldn't be reached immediately for comment. 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.
A spokesman for the financial firm said this week that he was sacked for 'conduct inconsistent with our values and in violation of our policies'. 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.