But an email obtained by the reporter reveals that Ford apologized to the woman he allegedly harassed after she told him to back off and stop asking her out for drinks.
The woman, who declined to be identified, was not a Morgan Stanley employee at the time of the alleged incident but interacted professionally with Ford on a regular basis.
Photo Harold Ford Jr., a former congressman, was sacked from his position as a managing director at the financial services firm Morgan Stanley for what the company described as behavior "inconsistent with our values".
Morgan Stanley executive Harold Ford Jr., who once represented Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives, has been has been fired from the global investment services firm amid allegations of misconduct, the Huffington Post reported Thursday. She sought the help of a security guard to escape the situation.
Harold Ford Sr. said he was surprised by the news today and hadn't talked to his son. "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".
But it's also even worse than that because we now know that the woman in question was a reporter, and we know it because Ford Jr. said so in a statement of innocence tweeted out by HuffPo's Yashar Ali.
I support and have tremendous respect for the courageous women now speaking out in this important national dialogue.
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Ford told The Huffington Post that, "False claims like this undermine the real silence breakers".
Ford's attorney John Singer said the firing "was a matter of convenience during a hyper-sensitive time and not based on real facts".
Before joining Morgan Stanley in 2011, Ford worked for Merrill Lynch and Co. Inc.
He ran unsuccessfully in 2007 for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Sen.
Ford also serves as a paid on-air political analyst for NBC/MSNBC and regularly appears on the MSNBC program "Morning Joe".
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