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

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

Morgan Stanley fired former U.S. Democratic lawmaker Harold Ford, Jr., a managing director at the Wall Street bank, for inappropriate conduct related to an undisclosed event, a spokeswoman said on Thursday.

A spokeswoman for Morgan Stanley confirmed Ford's firing, telling the news outlet he was terminated "for conduct inconsistent with our values and in violation of our policies".

At least one woman, who is not a Morgan Stanley employee but interacted with Ford in a professional capacity, was interviewed by Morgan Stanley's HR department as part of the investigation.

The announcement comes a day after Ford was sacked by Morgan Stanley amid a report by HuffPost that a woman alleged that Ford forcibly grabbed her several years ago, engaging in harassment and intimidation.

The Huffington Post earlier cited an unnamed woman who claimed Ford harassed her on a night several years ago. Ford continued to contact her after the encounter until she wrote an email asking him to cease contact.

HuffPost said it obtained an email where the woman asked Ford to stop contacting her following multiple requests from the former congressman to go out for drinks.

Ford's termination and allegations of sexual assault come at a time when dozens of high-profile men in Hollywood and other sectors of society, including politics, are resigning or getting fired following accusations from women of inappropriate behavior ranging from harassment to rape.

"I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life", Ford tweeted after HuffPost broke the story Thursday. Adler Thorp says she saw Ford, Jr. a few months ago at a Memphis restaurant, saying the former congressman appeared in good spirits.

Ford added: "I support and have tremendous respect for the fearless women now speaking out in this important national dialogue". Ford's employment lawyer John Singer of Singer Deutsch LLP tells the web publication that the wirehouse has yet to tell his client directly of his termination and refused to provide reasons for it.

Ford referred to the accuser as a "news reporter". 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.

Ford Jr. joined congress at the age of 26 in 1997, taking over his father's seat as the Democratic Representative of Tennessee's 9th District.

Political reporter Mark Halperin was also suspended from his role as an MSNBC contributor following allegations of misconduct.

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