Former Democratic congressman and “Morning Joe” political analyst Harold Ford Jr. has been fired by Morgan Stanley.
A Morgan Stanley spokesperson told the Huffington Post in an email:
“He has been terminated for conduct inconsistent with our values and in violation of our policies.”
According to the Huffington Post:
At least one woman, who is not a Morgan Stanley employee but interacted with Ford in a professional capacity, was interviewed by Morgan Stanley's HR department as part of the investigation.
In two interviews with HuffPost, 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.
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.
Ford then apologized, as reported by the Huffington Post, saying in an email:
Hey very sorry. Meant no harm. And I apologize for whatever I may have said or what was said. And my overtures are strictly professional.
Again I apologize didn't mean to be inappropriate at all. Sorry that impression was left.
Ford responded to the Huffington Post with a statement in which denied the woman's allegations:
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, 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 brave women now speaking out in this important national dialogue. False claims like this undermine the real silence breakers.
Ford told the Huffington Post he intends to bring “legal action against the reporter who has made these false claims about me as well as Morgan Stanley for improper termination.”
This is the second such case to hit “Morning Joe” in two months.
NBC News and MSNBC announced in October the termination of the contract of another “Morning Joe” political analyst, Mark Halperin, following allegations of sexual misconduct by at least five women.
As of this post, neither NBC nor MSNBC had commented on Ford's termination from Morgan Stanley.
“Morning Joe” co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski and their crew have skewered President Donald Trump on a near-daily basis, including over the now-infamous 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape in which Trump bragged about groping women.