Harold Ford Jr., former congressman, denies sexual harassment allegations

Reuters

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

"He has been terminated for conduct inconsistent with our values and in violation of our policies", Morgan Stanley said in a statement.

In a statement provided by his lawyer, Mr. Ford denied the claims and threatened to sue the bank and his accuser, who he identified as a reporter, for damaging his reputation.

The former lawmaker's firing came after a human resources investigation into allegations.

In two interviews with HuffPost, the woman alleged that Ford engaged in harassment, intimidation, and forcibly grabbed her one evening in Manhattan, leading her to seek aid from a building security guard.

Ford said the incident "simply did not happen".

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Afterward, Ford continued to email her and ask her out to drinks. She claims however that she met with Ford Jr. under professional circumstances "several years ago" but does not say exactly when. His father, Harold Ford Sr., held a congressional seat for 12 terms before retiring, leaving his son to run for the seat, a race which he won handily.

"I will now be bringing legal action against the reporter who has made these false claims about me as well as Morgan Stanely for my improper termination".

'I support and have tremendous respect for the fearless women now speaking out in this important national dialogue.

Ford told The Huffington Post that, "False claims like this undermine the real silence breakers".

Ford's attorney John Singer said the firing "was a matter of convenience during a hyper-sensitive time and not based on real facts".

Ford was first elected to congress at 26 years old, where he represented Tennessee's 9th district from 1996 to 2007. He is alson one of the most visible members MSNBC's team of contributors - particularly on the network's "Morning Joe". A spokesperson for MSNBC did not immediately respond to TheWrap's request for comment.

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