Former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. has been fired by Morgan Stanley amid allegations of misconduct, according to a report from the Huffington Post. False claims like this undermine the real silence breakers.
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.
HuffPost reported Thursday that a woman alleged that Ford forcibly grabbed her one evening in Manhattan, engaging in harassment and intimidation.
The woman alleges Ford continued to contact her after the incident, and she eventually requested he cease contact, the report states.
"I'm just learning right now", he said before hanging up on a reporter.
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She was left "distraught, shocked and frightened" by the incident, an acquaintance said. "I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life", Ford wrote.
"This simply did not happen", Ford said in an emailed statement in which he said his accuser is a journalist. Having drinks and dinner for work is part of my job, and all of my outreach to the news reporter making these false allegations was professional and at the direction of my firm for business purposes.
I support and have tremendous respect for the fearless women now speaking out in this important national dialogue. His father, Harold Ford Sr., held a congressional seat for 12 terms before retiring, leaving his son to run for the seat, a race which he won handily. 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.
Before joining Morgan Stanley in 2011, Ford worked for Merrill Lynch and Co. Inc.
Ford made an unsuccessful bid for a Senate seat in 2006 but was defeated by Republican Sen.