Ex-Rep. Ford now ac­cused

New York Post - - NEWS - Ruth Brown

Former Con­gress­man Harold Ford Jr. has been fired from Morgan Stan­ley over al­le­ga­tions of mis­con­duct, in­clud­ing claims he man­han­dled a woman and then pestered her for dates, it was re­ported Thurs­day.

“He has been ter­mi­nated for con­duct in­con­sis­tent with our val­ues and in vi­o­la­tion of our poli­cies,” a spokes­woman for the fi­nance-ser­vices gi­ant told the Huff­in­g­ton Post.

At least one woman par­tic­i­pated in the com­pany’s HR probe into the Ten­nessee Demo­crat, al­leg­ing that he force­fully grabbed her dur­ing a pro­fes­sional meet­ing in Man­hat­tan one night sev­eral years ago, then re­peat­edly asked her out, the Web site re­ported.

The uniden­ti­fied woman, who did not work at Morgan Stan­ley but had pro­fes­sional in­ter­ac­tions with Ford, said she was forced to seek help from a build­ing se­cu­rity guard.

The in­ci­dent left her “dis­traught, shocked and fright­ened,” an ac­quain­tance said.

After­ward, the ac­cuser claimed, Ford re­peat­edly asked her out for drinks un­til she told him via e-mail to leave her alone.

Ford replied by apol­o­giz­ing and agree­ing not to con­tact her, ac­cord­ing to the Huff­in­g­ton Post.

Ford, mar­ried since 2010, an­grily de­nied the claims and said he planned to sue both the Huf­fPost re­porter who wrote the story and Morgan Stan­ley.

“This sim­ply did not hap­pen. I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life,” he said.

“I sup­port and have tremen­dous re­spect for the brave women now speak­ing out in this im­por­tant na­tional di­a­logue.”

Ford be­gan work­ing as a man­ag­ing di­rec­tor at Morgan Stan­ley in 2011. He also reg­u­larly ap­pears on NBC and MSNBC.

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