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

Former Dem rep fired by Morgan Stanley after harassment investigation

Harold Ford Jr., a former congressman turned Wall Street rainmaker, was sacked by the financial services firm Morgan Stanley in recent days "for conduct inconsistent with our values and in violation of our policies", the company said in a statement on Thursday.

According to the complaint, Ford engaged in sexual misconduct toward one women, including once grabbing her in the lobby of a building and routinely harassing her afterward. The incident took place several years ago when Ford and the woman were supposed to be meeting for professional reasons.

The woman alleges Ford continued to contact her after the incident, and she eventually requested he cease contact, the report states. In a response email, the woman allegedly told him to stop contacting her and cited his inappropriate behavior during their last encounter. Ford reportedly replied to the email and essentially admitted guilt by apologizing for the incident.

In a statement, Ford disputed the allegations and said he would sue the woman, who he revealed was a reporter.

Ford comes from a prominent political family in Tennessee.

Before the advent of Barack Obama on the national scene, Ford, who was a congressman from 1997 to 2007 in the seat held previous by his namesake father, was considered by some to have a chance to become the first African-American presidential candidate. 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. 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. Ford lost that hotly contested 2006 race by fewer than three points to current Republican Sen.

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

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