Ex-lawmaker fired by Morgan Stanley over sexual misconduct claims

Lester Mason
December 7, 2017

Former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. has been fired from Morgan Stanley over allegations of misconduct - including claims he manhandled a woman then pestered her for dates, according to a new report.

(D-Tenn.) threatened legal action on Thursday after allegations he forcibly grabbed, harassed and intimidated a woman several years ago, leading to his termination from his post at Morgan Stanley.

A spokeswoman for Morgan Stanley confirmed Ford's firing, telling the publication he was terminated "for conduct inconsistent with our values and in violation of our policies". She also produced emails from Ford that ended with her asking him to stop contacting her and Ford apologizing and agreeing not to.

According to the complaint, Ford engaged in sexual misconduct toward one women, including once grabbing her in the lobby of a building and routinely harassing her afterward.

In her account, the woman, who is not identified in the story, said she and Ford were meeting for business reasons when the incident took place. One woman heard from Ford's accuser the night of the incident and described her as "distraught, shocked, and frightened", and said that she was concerned about any career ramifications should she report the incident.

Ford comes from a prominent political family in Tennessee.

He began working as a managing director at Morgan Stanley in 2011.

Before the advent of Barack Obama on the national scene, Ford, who was a congressman from 1997 to 2007 in the seat held previous by his namesake father, was considered by some to have a chance to become the first African-American presidential candidate.

Ford made an unsuccessful bid for a Senate seat in 2006 but was defeated by Republican Sen.

Ford also serves as a paid on-air political analyst for NBC/MSNBC and regularly appears on the MSNBC program "Morning Joe".

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