Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. Fired From Bank Job Over Misconduct Claim

Morgan Stanley has fired former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. for alleged misconduct.                       David Goldman  Getty Images

Morgan Stanley on Thursday fired former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. following allegations of misconduct.

"He has been terminated for conduct inconsistent with our values and in violation of our policies", a spokeswoman for Morgan Stanley told HuffPost in an email.

At Morgan Stanley, he was tasked with 'managing relationships with corporate directors, senior executives and institutional investors, as well as private clients'. He was a Democratic member of Congress for a decade prior to that.

The firing came as the former lawmaker was facing allegations of misconduct, according to a report in The Huffington Post, which was the first outlet to report the firing. Ford continued to contact her after the encounter until she wrote an email asking him to cease contact.

Ford said the incident "simply did not happen".

HuffPost is not identifying the woman at her request but has reviewed emails that confirm her interactions with Ford and spoke to two people whom the woman confided in about the incident.

'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 courageous women now speaking out in this important national dialogue. He also said he intends to file a lawsuit against Morgan Stanley over his "improper termination" and separately sue a HuffPost reporter over "these false claims".

The Huffington Post earlier cited an unnamed woman who claimed Ford harassed her on a night several years ago.

Morgan Stanley declined to say specifically what prompted the firing.

Ford joined Morgan Stanley in 2011 as a managing director. He comes from a prominent political family, as his father, Harold Ford Sr., served 22 years in the House of Representatives.

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

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