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

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

"He has been terminated for conduct inconsistent with our values and in violation of our policies", Morgan Stanley said in a statement.

The Huffington Post earlier cited an unnamed woman who claimed Ford harassed her on a night several years ago.

Ford said the incident "simply did not happen".

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.

But it's also even worse than that because we now know that the woman in question was a reporter, and we know it because Ford Jr. said so in a statement of innocence tweeted out by HuffPo's Yashar Ali.

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After losing his Senate campaign, Ford Jr. was hired by Morgan Stanley and also started a media career. "I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life", Ford wrote.

The former lawmaker's firing came after a human resources investigation into allegations.

The woman alleges Ford continued to contact her after the incident, and she eventually requested he cease contact, the report states. He identified the alleged victim as a news reporter and further expounded on the allegations.

Harold Ford Jr., at a panel discussion in 2012.

Ford denied the accusation and said that he would "be bringing legal action" against the accuser as well as Morgan Stanley.

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Ford told The Huffington Post that, "False claims like this undermine the real silence breakers. This all demonstrates how this was a matter of convenience during a hyper-sensitive time and not based on real facts".

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

Since leaving Congress in 2007, Ford has worked for two financial services companies, first for Merrill Lynch and then Morgan Stanley, which he joined in 2011 as a managing director. MSNBC had no immediate comment on the situation.

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