Morgan Stanley fires former congressman Harold Ford Jr

Harold Ford Jr. in Memphis at an NAACP event earlier this year- JB

Harold Ford Jr. in Memphis at an NAACP event earlier this year- JB

A spokeswoman for Morgan Stanley confirmed to the Daily News that Ford was sacked for "conduct inconsistent with our values and in violation of our policies".

'This simply did not happen.

Former Democratic Congressman Harold Ford Jr. was sacked from Morgan Stanley for "conduct inconsistent with our values and in violation of our policies", a spokesperson told CNBC Thursday.

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.

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

"One woman heard from Ford's accuser the night of the incident and described her as 'distraught, shocked, and frightened, ' and said that she was concerned about any career ramifications should she report the incident", the Huffington Post wrote.

"I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life", he said, in a statement released by his spokesman, Davidson Goldin.

'Having drinks and dinner for work is part of my job and all of my outreach to [the woman] making these false allegations was professional and at the direction of my firm for business purposes'.

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He added: "I support and have tremendous respect for the courageous women now speaking out in this important national dialogue".

Ford Jr. was hired as a managing director in 2011 after working at Merrill Lynch who he joined after leaving congress. He also said he intends to file a lawsuit against Morgan Stanley over his "improper termination" and separately sue a HuffPost reporter over "these false claims". "This all demonstrates how this was a matter of convenience during a hyper-sensitive time and not based on real facts".

Ford regularly appears on MSNBC's "Morning Joe", where now-disgraced political reporter Mark Halperin was also a frequent guest.

Ford, who was the congressman representing the all-Shelby County 9th District from 1997-2006, moved to New York City after a failed bid for the U.S. Senate in 2006. A spokesperson for MSNBC did not immediately respond to TheWrap's request for comment.

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