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

Pauline Gross
December 8, 2017

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.

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

The firing comes as companies, lawmakers, and politicians grapple with a string of allegations against prominent men. I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life.

While this woman did not work for the financial firm, various witnesses have corroborated her claims about Ford's inappropriate behavior towards her. Morgan Stanley confirmed to HuffPost that Ford was terminated for his alleged misconduct.

Another person corroborated her account, telling The Huffington Post that they spoke with her after the incident.

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

He added: "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". "This all demonstrates how this was a matter of convenience during a hyper-sensitive time and not based on real facts".

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In an interview with CNBC, Singer said Ford was notified through counsel that he had been fired.

"The inference to be drawn is that there is no reason, and of course we know that there is no reason", he said.

Morgan Stanley's headquarters in Times Square.

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Ford, who was the congressman representing the all-Shelby County 9th District from 1997-2006, moved to New York City after a failed bid for the U.S. Senate in 2006.

The accuser was "not a Morgan Stanley employee but interacted with Ford in a professional capacity", according to the report.

Ford regularly appears on MSNBC's "Morning Joe", where now-disgraced political reporter Mark Halperin was also a frequent guest.

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