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

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

Ford, who represented Tennessee in the House between 1997 and 2007, vehemently denied allegations that a woman was forced to call a security guard after he intimidated and grabbed her one evening in Manhattan several years ago.

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Ford Jr., who is the son of former Rep. Harold Ford Sr., is the latest high-profile male to lose his job due to harassment or sexual misconduct allegations.

An attorney for Ford said in a statement that "Morgan Stanley has still not told Harold directly of his termination, and unlike every other circumstance I've been in the company has refused to provide me with a reason". 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. But it came after a woman who did not work at the firm accused Mr. Ford of acting inappropriately in a professional setting, according to a person briefed on the details of the allegations. He worked for Merrill Lynch and its later parent, Bank of America Corp., before joining Morgan Stanley.

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I support and have tremendous respect for the courageous women now speaking out in this important national dialogue. Ford continued to contact her after the encounter until she wrote an email asking him to cease contact. He also said he intends to file a lawsuit against Morgan Stanley over his "improper termination" and separately sue a HuffPost reporter over "these false claims".

Ford joined Morgan Stanley as a managing director in 2011. Ford served in the House for almost 10 years before deciding to run for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Republican Bill Frist. (D-TN) is a fixture on MSNBC's Morning Joe, appearing many times as a panelist and guest host. An MSNBC spokesman declined to comment on Thursday for the record.

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