Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr., D-Tenn., who is also a pundit on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program, was fired by Morgan Stanley following a human resources probe into claims he sexually harassed and assaulted at least one woman he knew through his work at the company.
“He has been terminated for conduct inconsistent with our values and in violation of our policies,” a spokeswoman for Morgan Stanley told the HuffPost in a Thursday report. The woman was not a Morgan Stanley employee.
After departing Congress in 2007, Ford eventually became an on-air political analyst for MSNBC's "Morning Joe" show with Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough. It wasn't clear whether his firing from Morgan Stanley would affect his presence on that show, and a request for comment from MSNBC was not returned.
If Ford is forced off the show, it would be the second person to be ousted over sexual misconduct allegations. Just weeks ago, the show terminated its relationship with Mark Halperin, after he was accused of sexually harassing and propositioning female colleagues.
Ford's accuser alleged he harassed and intimidated her, and in one case years ago, forcibly grabbed her. She sought help from a security guard in the Manhattan building where the incident took place.
Following that incident, Ford continued to stalk her, asking her multiple times to go out for drinks. The unnamed woman told him in an email that he must stop contacting her and cited the assault.
Ford replied that he would no longer contact her and apologized for the groping incident.
A friend of the woman's told the HuffPost that Ford left her feeling "distraught, shocked, and frightened" after the incident.
Morgan Stanley interviewed the woman and possibly others as part of its investigation.