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".
Former US Democratic congressman Harold Ford, Jr. was sacked by Morgan Stanley for inappropriate conduct. The investment bank launched a human resources investigation after the woman accused Ford Jr. of harassment and the results led to his dismissal.
The Huffington Post reported that Morgan Stanley was conducting an investigation into interactions between Ford and a woman that he had interacted with in a professional setting, but who was not an employee of the bank.
The woman alleges Ford continued to contact her after the incident, and she eventually requested he cease contact, the report states.
"This simply did not happen", Ford said in a statement. I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life. The website also spoke with two people the woman had told about the incident.
In a statement, Ford disputed the allegations and said he would sue the woman, who he revealed was a reporter. 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". She claims however that she met with Ford Jr. under professional circumstances "several years ago" but does not say exactly when.
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.
At Morgan Stanley, he was tasked with 'managing relationships with corporate directors, senior executives and institutional investors, as well as private clients'.
He ran unsuccessfully in 2007 for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Sen. 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.