Friday, 23 February, 2018

Ex-lawmaker fired by Morgan Stanley over sexual misconduct claims

Executive producers Mark Halperin John Heilmann and Mark Mc Kinnon of the Showtime program Ford Fired By Morgan Stanley In Harassment Investigation
Melinda Barton | 07 December, 2017, 22:50

Harold Ford Jr. stands on stage at the Stonewall Democratic Club February 24, 2010 in New York City.

Photo Harold Ford Jr., a former congressman, was sacked from his position as a managing director at the financial services firm Morgan Stanley for what the company described as behavior "inconsistent with our values".

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. Ford continued to contact her after the encounter until she wrote an email asking him to cease contact.

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 denied the allegations in a Tweet early Thursday afternoon. Ford lost that hotly contested 2006 race by fewer than three points to current Republican Sen.

"False claims like this undermine the real silence breakers", Ford said in a statement, published via social media by HuffPost reporter Yashar Ali. Ford only desisted after the woman emailed him explicitly warning him to knock it off, it states.

Ford, 47, is part of the prominent Ford Family of Memphis politics and was widely considered a rising star in Democratic politics with national political aspirations.

Ford regularly appears on MSNBC's "Morning Joe", where now-disgraced political reporter Mark Halperin was also a frequent guest. During that campaign, a negative political ad aimed at Ford Jr. caused a firestorm when it mentioned his attendance at a 2005 Superbowl party hosted by Playboy. He joined Morgan Stanley as a managing director and senior client-relationship manager in 2011 after a stint as a vice chairman and senior policy adviser at Bank of America.