Harold Ford Jr. Fired by Morgan Stanley Over Inappropriate 'Conduct'

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

Former Democratic congressman and MSNBC mainstay Harold Ford Jr. was sacked on Thursday by Morgan Stanley after he was accused of "harassment, intimidation, and forcibly" grabbing a woman several years ago, according to HuffPost.

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".

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The online publication also cites two interviews with the woman who accused Ford in the incident that she says happened several years ago. After his narrow loss to Republican Bob Corker in the 2006 Senate race, Ford served a spell as chairman of the now defunct Democratic Leadership Council and taught at Vanderbilt University.

In a statement, Ford disputed the allegations and said he would sue the woman, who he revealed was a reporter. False claims like this undermine the real silence breakers.

HuffPost is not identifying the woman at her request but has reviewed emails that confirm her interactions with Ford and spoke to two people whom the woman confided in about the incident.

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With the firing, Mr. Ford became the latest prominent man to lose his job amid heightened scrutiny of workplace behavior. 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 left Congress in 2007 and has been a managing director at Morgan Stanley since 2011. He is alson one of the most visible members MSNBC's team of contributors - particularly on the network's "Morning Joe". And I apologize for whatever I may have said or what was said.

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