Harold Ford Jr. blasts misconduct claim that led to firing

Former Dem rep fired by Morgan Stanley after harassment investigation

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The news of Ford's departure was first reported by the Huffington Post, which cited interviews with an unnamed woman who claimed Ford harassed her on a night several years ago.

Now, Ford has vociferously denied these allegations and has threatened legal action against The Huffington Post and Morgan Stanley for wrongful termination.

Former Democratic congressman Harold Ford Jr. has been fired from Morgan Stanley amid allegations that he groped a female business associate - and the ex-politician claims he will now sue the financial services giant. But it's also even worse than that because we now know that the woman in question was a reporter, and we know it because Ford Jr. said so in a statement of innocence tweeted out by HuffPo's Yashar Ali.

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Ford Jr. was hired as a managing director in 2011 after working at Merrill Lynch who he joined after leaving congress. The popular MSNBC program has seen its cast of regulars decimated in recent weeks, with sexual misconduct accusations leading to the termination of Mark Halperin and the benching of New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush while the Times conducts an internal review.

"I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life", he said, in a statement released by his spokesman, Davidson Goldin. She told The Huffington Post that the incident caused her to seek aid from a building security guard. Ford continued to contact her after the encounter until she wrote an email asking him to cease contact.

'I support and have tremendous respect for the fearless women now speaking out in this important national dialogue. "False claims like this undermine the real silence breakers", he said.

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In an interview with CNBC, Singer said Ford was notified through counsel that he had been fired.

"The inference to be drawn is that there is no reason, and of course we know that there is no reason", he said.

At Morgan Stanley, he was tasked with 'managing relationships with corporate directors, senior executives and institutional investors, as well as private clients'. In 2006, he made an unsuccessful bid for the Senate, losing to Sen.

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Mr. Ford appears regularly on the MSNBC show "Morning Joe".

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