Former Congressman and cable news commentator Harold Ford Jr. was abruptly fired from his position at Morgan Stanley on Thursday, following a report the 47-year-old Democrat had inappropriately “grabbed” a woman during a “professional meeting.”
Ford Jr. came under-fire after the Huffington Post published an interview with an unidentified woman who accused the liberal lawmaker of inappropriate sexual behavior; including harassment and intimidation.
“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,” writes the Huffington Post.
“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 writer adds.
Harold Ford Jr. vehemently denies the accusation, saying “This simply did not happen. I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life. Having drinks and dinner for work is part of my job.”
“False claims like this undermine the real silence breakers. I will now be bringing legal action against the reporter who has made these false claims about me as well as Morgan Stanley for improper termination,” he added.