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. 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.
An email to Morgan Stanley wasn't returned and Ford couldn't be reached immediately for comment.
"He has been terminated for conduct inconsistent with our values and in violation of our policies", a company spokesperson told The Huffington Post.
The accuser was "not a Morgan Stanley employee but interacted with Ford in a professional capacity", according to the report.
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It's hard to blame him, too. "I definitely want to apologise to [White]", he said via NBC Sports Boston. I don't know what to say on that", White said Thursday. "Bad headache.
The woman alleges Ford continued to contact her after the incident, and she eventually requested he cease contact, the report states. That woman alleged Ford harassed, intimidated and forcibly grabbed her - and she had to seek help from a security guard.
"This simply did not happen. 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".
"I support and have tremendous respect for the fearless women now speaking out in this important national dialogue", Ford said.
False claims like this undermine real silence breakers. The company said at the time that he would be responsible for "building business opportunities for clients" as well as managing relationships with corporate directors, senior executives, institutional investors, and private clients.
Ford Jr. joined congress at the age of 26 in 1997, taking over his father's seat as the Democratic Representative of Tennessee's 9th District. He is alson one of the most visible members MSNBC's team of contributors - particularly on the network's "Morning Joe".