Former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. has been fired by Morgan Stanley amid allegations of misconduct, according to a report from the Huffington Post.
Ford was the firm’s managing director.
The former Memphian's firing came after a human resources investigation into allegations.
At least one woman was interviewed by Morgan Stanley as part of the investigation, the Huffington Post reported. That woman alleged Ford harassed, intimidated, and forcibly grabbed her – and she had to seek help from a security guard.
The woman alleges Ford continued to contact her after the incident, and she eventually requested he cease contact, the report states.
Ford responded to the allegations in a tweet.
In regards to news today, This simply did not happen. I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life.— Harold Ford, Jr. (@HFord2) December 7, 2017
An hour later, Ford tweeted again. He identified the alleged victim as a news reporter and further expounded on the allegations.
Having drinks and dinner for work is part of my job, and all of my outreach to the news reporter making these false allegations— Harold Ford, Jr. (@HFord2) December 7, 2017
was professional and at the direction of my firm for business purposes. I support and have tremendous respect for the brave women now speaking out in this important national dialogue. False claims like this though undermine the real silence breakers.— Harold Ford, Jr. (@HFord2) December 7, 2017
I will now be bringing legal action against the reporter who made these false claims about me as well as Morgan Stanley for improper termination.— Harold Ford, Jr. (@HFord2) December 7, 2017
Ford promises to fight his termination in court.
The employment counsel for Harold Ford released the following statement:
“Morgan Stanley has still not told Harold directly of his termination, and unlike every other circumstance I’ve been in the company has refused provide me with a reason. This all demonstrates how this was a matter of convenience during a hyper-sensitive time and not based on real facts."
- John Singer of Singer Deutsch LLP
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