Former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. Has Been Fired From Morgan Stanley for Alleged Sexual Misconduct

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Former Tennessee Democratic Congressman Harold Ford Jr. has been fired from his job at Morgan Stanley after at least one woman came forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct.

A spokesperson confirmed Ford’s exit with HuffPost, writing in an email that he was terminated for “conduct inconsistent with our values and in violation of our policies.” Morgan Stanley’s HR department opened an investigation based on the testimony of a woman who communicated with HuffPost about her experience being accosted by Ford during what was supposed to be a business meeting:

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. The incident took place several years ago when Ford and the woman were supposed to be meeting for professional reasons. Ford continued to contact her after the encounter until she wrote an email asking him to cease contact.


The emails were reviewed by HuffPost, and a friend of the alleged victim confirmed that she told them the story of the encounter at the time, and appeared “distraught, shocked, and frightened.”

Ford served in the United States House of Representatives for ten years, before running for a Senate seat, which he narrowly lost. He has been working at Morgan Stanley since 2011 as a managing director. The Hill reports that Ford has denied all the allegations in a statement, which reads:

This simply did not happen. I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life. Having drinks and dinner for work is part of my job, and all of my outreach to the new reporter making these false allegations was professional and at the direction of my firm for business purposes. I support and have tremendous respect for the brave women now speaking out in this important national dialogue. False claims like this undermine the real silence breakers.

Ford also stated he would be taking legal action against the HuffPost, and Morgan Stanley for wrongful termination.

Contributing Writer, writing my first book for the Dial Press called The Lonely Hunter, follow me on Twitter @alutkin

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I did not realize that SO MANY men were sexual predators and I think if you added the number of men watching child porn on the Internet too you’d cover something like 80% of men. My husband worked in the DA’s office for a little bit and the attorneys switched off looking for people watching child pornography (no one did this full-time because it was God awful to have to search for this stuff). There were SO SO MANY houses they tracked where people were accessing child pornography. It was insane. I mean EVERYWHERE. And very few face any punishment. There are SO many people that the police could never round them all up.