Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. fired for sexual misconduct

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She claims however that she met with Ford Jr. under professional circumstances "several years ago" but does not say exactly when.

The accuser was "not a Morgan Stanley employee but interacted with Ford in a professional capacity", according to the report.

A spokeswoman for Morgan Stanley confirmed Ford's firing, telling the publication he was terminated "for conduct inconsistent with our values and in violation of our policies".

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.

The firing comes as companies, lawmakers, and politicians grapple with a string of allegations against prominent men. She also produced emails from Ford that ended with her asking him to stop contacting her and Ford apologizing and agreeing not to. 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. "I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life", Ford wrote.

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

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"I support and have tremendous respect for the fearless women now speaking out in this important national dialogue", Ford said.

False claims like this undermine real silence breakers.

The married father-of-two said he was now preparing to sue both the woman who made the accusation along with Morgan Stanley for improper termination.

Ford, formerly a Democratic congressman representing the Memphis area of Tennessee, frequently appears on MSNBC " s "Morning Joe", among other shows.

Ford joined Morgan Stanley as a Managing Director in 2011.

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