Harold Ford, Jr. fired due to misconduct allegations

Sergio Conner
December 7, 2017

A woman who dealt with Ford in a professional capacity, but who isn't an employee of the bank, was interviewed by Morgan Stanley's human resources department in the probe, according to the Huffington Post.

The HuffPo story says Morgan Stanley has confirmed Ford's dismissal "for conduct inconsistent with our values and in violation of our policies".

Ford Jr., who is the son of former Rep. Harold Ford Sr., is the latest high-profile male to lose his job due to harassment or sexual misconduct allegations.

The woman alleges Ford continued to contact her after the incident, and she eventually requested he cease contact, the report states.

The email, which was reviewed by HuffPost, shows that the woman emailed Ford after he repeatedly asked her to drinks. She asked him not to contact her anymore, citing his inappropriate conduct the evening where he forcibly grabbed and harassed her. Ford replied to the email by apologizing and agreeing not to contact her.

She was left "distraught, shocked and frightened" by the incident, an acquaintance said.

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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.

Ford was hired by Morgan Stanley in 2011 as a senior client relationship manager.

Ford made an unsuccessful bid for a Senate seat in 2006 but was defeated by Republican Sen.

He had meanwhile been keeping his political irons hot as a frequent guest commentator on the NBC "Morning Joe" program and in other venues, like a continuing role as lecturer at the Gerald Ford School of Public Policy at the University of MI, the former congressman's alma mater.

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