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Morgan Stanley fires former Memphis congressman after misconduct probe

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Former Dem rep fired by Morgan Stanley denies harassment allegations

Harold Ford Jr., a former congressman turned Wall Street rainmaker, was sacked by the financial services firm Morgan Stanley in recent days "for conduct inconsistent with our values and in violation of our policies", the company said in a statement on Thursday.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Harold Ford Jr., arrives to address the Executive Women's Association on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006, in Knoxville, Tenn.

"He has been terminated for conduct inconsistent with our values and in violation of our policies", a spokeswoman for Morgan Stanley told HuffPost in an email.

The woman alleges Ford continued to contact her after the incident, and she eventually requested he cease contact, the report states.

A woman who dealt with Ford in a professional capacity, but who isn't an employee of the bank, was interviewed by Morgan Stanley's human resources department in the probe, according to the Huffington Post. (D-Tenn.) threatened legal action on Thursday after allegations he forcibly grabbed, harassed and intimidated a woman several years ago, leading to his termination from his post at Morgan Stanley. But it came after a woman who did not work at the firm accused Mr. Ford of acting inappropriately in a professional setting, according to a person briefed on the details of the allegations. "False claims like this undermine the real silence breakers", he said. Ford only desisted after the woman emailed him explicitly warning him to knock it off, it states.

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Ford comes from a prominent political family in Tennessee.

After leaving Congress, Ford has served in a couple of academic roles at Vanderbilt and New York University, and has appeared frequently as a guest and political expert on national television shows.

After losing his Senate campaign, Ford Jr. was hired by Morgan Stanley and also started a media career.

"I'm just learning right now", he said before hanging up on a reporter.

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