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".
Former Democratic congressman and MSNBC mainstay Harold Ford Jr. was sacked on Thursday by Morgan Stanley after he was accused of "harassment, intimidation, and forcibly" grabbing a woman several years ago, according to HuffPost.
John Singer, a lawyer for Ford, said in a statement: "Morgan Stanley has still not told Harold directly of his termination, and unlike every other circumstance I've been in, the company has refused to provide me with a reason".
The firing comes as companies, lawmakers, and politicians grapple with a string of allegations against prominent men.
Mr. Ford joined Morgan Stanley in 2011 as a senior adviser, a role that typically involves communicating with clients and appearing at firm events. (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.
"I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life", he said, in a statement released by his spokesman, Davidson Goldin.
The accuser was "not a Morgan Stanley employee but interacted with Ford in a professional capacity", according to the report. He identified the alleged victim as a news reporter and further expounded on the allegations.
'I support and have tremendous respect for the fearless women now speaking out in this important national dialogue.
Ford denied the accusation and said that he would "be bringing legal action" against the accuser as well as Morgan Stanley. "False claims like this undermine the real silence breakers", he said.
He also works as a panelist on MSNBC's Morning Joe.
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 representative for MSNBC wasn't immediately available for comment.