Morgan Stanley Fires Harold Ford Jr. as an Adviser After Conduct Complaint

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

Former Democratic congressman and MSNBC mainstay Harold Ford Jr. was sacked on Thursday by Morgan Stanley after he was accused of "harassment, intimidation, and forcibly" grabbing a woman several years ago, according to HuffPost.

At least one woman was interviewed by Morgan Stanley as part of the investigation, Huffington Post reported. She also produced emails from Ford that ended with her asking him to stop contacting her and Ford apologizing and agreeing not to. He worked for Merrill Lynch and its later parent, Bank of America Corp., before joining Morgan Stanley.

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

The HuffPo story says Morgan Stanley has confirmed Ford's dismissal "for conduct inconsistent with our values and in violation of our policies".

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"I support and have tremendous respect for the fearless women now speaking out in this important national dialogue", Ford said.

Now, Ford has vociferously denied these allegations and has threatened legal action against The Huffington Post and Morgan Stanley for wrongful termination. 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".

With the firing, Mr. Ford became the latest prominent man to lose his job amid heightened scrutiny of workplace behavior. Ford served in the House for almost 10 years before deciding to run for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Republican Bill Frist.

At Morgan Stanley, he was tasked with 'managing relationships with corporate directors, senior executives and institutional investors, as well as private clients'.

"Ford, formerly a Democratic congressman representing the Memphis area of Tennessee, frequently appears on MSNBC" s "Morning Joe", among other shows. An MSNBC spokesman declined to comment on Thursday for the record.

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