Former Rep. and Morning Joe Analyst Harold Ford Jr. Fired From Morgan Stanley For Alleged Misconduct
Harold Ford Jr., a former Democratic congressman-turned-financial director and regular Morning Joe guest, has reportedly been fired from Morgan Stanley due to allegations of misconduct.
Yashar Ali reported for HuffPost that a woman who worked with Ford said she was interviewed by Morgan Stanley’s HR department for a probe on misconduct. While this woman did not work for the financial firm, various witnesses have corroborated her claims about Ford’s inappropriate behavior towards her. Morgan Stanley confirmed to HuffPost that Ford was terminated for his alleged misconduct.
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 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.
Ford, who once served as a Democratic congressman in Tennessee and is now best-known for regular appearances on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, vehemently denied the allegations with this statement:
2. In a statement, Harold Ford Jr firmly denies the allegations and says he is going to sue the woman who accused him and Morgan Stanley for wrongful termination. https://t.co/OsM9QspFxm pic.twitter.com/oNa51hDMAI
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) December 7, 2017
Update: Statement from John Singer of Singer Deutsch LLP, employment counsel for Harold Ford:
“Morgan Stanley has still not told Harold directly of his termination, and unlike every other circumstance I’ve been in the company has refused provide me with a reason. This all demonstrates how this was a matter of convenience during a hyper-sensitive time and not based on real facts.”
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