Harold Ford Jr. on Meet The Press

Former congressman and financier Harold Ford Jr. was fired by Morgan Stanley after a human resources investigation found he engaged in inappropriate behavior that violated company policy.

Ford held the position of managing director at Morgan Stanley since 2011.

Huffington Post reported that a woman interviewed by Morgan Stanley as part of an in-house investigation determined that Ford grabbed her forcefully during a business meeting in Manhattan several years ago.

The woman, who was not an employee of Morgan Stanley, alleged that Ford continued to harass her and contact her after the encounter until she emailed him and asked him to stop.

In a tweet on Thursday, Ford threatened to sue his accuser.

"In regards to news today, This simply did not happen. I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life… I support and have tremendous respect for the brave women now speaking out in this important national dialogue. False claims like this though undermine the real silence breakers."

But the HuffPost writer obtained an email in which the accuser asked Ford to stop contacting her to go out for drinks.

In response to her accusation about his behavior at their last meeting, Ford reportedly said, “Hey very sorry. Meant no harm,” according to HuffPost.

MSNBC, which employed Ford as a political contributor, said Thursday night that Ford is suspended while the company completes its investigation.

The 47-year-old Democrat from Tennessee served as a U.S. Congressman in the United States House of Representatives from 1997-2007. He succeeded his father, former Congressman Harold Ford Sr., who held the same seat for 22 years.

Ford's firing came on the same day that Minnesota Senator Al Franken promised to resign from the Senate amid misconduct allegations, and Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks stepped down after admitting he discussed surrogacy with two female associates.


  • Ebony Starr

    I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life…
    __________________________
    any woman or man?!!!

  • HoneyyGoodMoneyy_

    whatever they said he did.. he did that sh*t .. that pic is creepy af.

  • MsPam

    Yes I peeped that too! ???

  • No Love Lost

    He does look creepy...my goodness.

    And Sandra, have you seen this?

    Roy Moore: Last Time America Was 'Great' Was During 'Slavery'

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/roy-moore-last-time-america-234233620.html

  • No Love Lost

    Exactly. Hey, he wants the best of both worlds lol.

  • Scromes1212

    Good! Fu*k you and Edmund bit*h a*s! We coming for his spot on city council. We know you ni*gas don't live in the haven or south Memphis. That sh*t is a wrap lol gonna put you in the same penitentiary as your weak a*s family and your drunk a*s aunt. It's over for that!

  • hottlanta

    How would the Republicans know anything about slavery. They wanted no financial part of it even though Abe was a slave holder himself.

  • Scromes1212

    So let me get this correct. Democrats didn't own slaves?

  • Phillybruh

    This is going to lead to a huge lawsuit with these companies firing people like this.

  • Mrs. ??????????

    He looks devious in that pic, like really evil incarnate.

  • AnotherBlackGirl

    Harold Ford has always looked sneaky, creepy and dishonest. Game over Mr Ford.

  • justlooking

    @sandrarose - So are we gonna get a post on Roy Moore

    Roy Moore: America “was great at the time when families were united — even though we had slavery”

    https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/12/7/16748038/roy-moore-slavery-america-great

  • justlooking

    Just seeing this you also posted it. We discussed this BS during dinner last night. meanwhile I got crazy family talking about Trump just needs prayer. He need prayer alright. This entire country has gone to hell right before our eyes.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0f01b7affcdfbeaf50873cdb38c0088986b2dfba168123cbdd485bd3a479f772.gif

  • MissHarlem

    Happy Friday

  • Wreckognize Game

    That is how they activate the bigots to get behind them and vote. They unite like Transformers when they here the magic words

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Hmmmmm. I'm going to assume that these companies are indeed conducting investigations that conclude these allegations are indeed true. I have a problem with people being fired JUST because someone makes a claim.

  • justlooking

    Hi Darling. MAUH

  • Phillybruh

    From someone that doesn't work for the company seems odd. But maybe he did something to someone who works for the company aswell.

  • MissHarlem

    ??

  • AnotherBlackGirl

    The stench of America's sins have reached God's nostrils.

  • justlooking

    Okay, now..It's STANKIN

  • Quitedeliteful

    I'm surprised that he got suspended if the woman didn't work for the company. She must have been affiliated with the company in some way... He has even bigger problems because how do you explain this to your wife and kids?

  • Vegas1989

    This is sad. I actually know him. My dad and his dad was real good friends. I'm sorry to here this about him. WOW...I really don't know why he would mess up his career...SAD...He should have taken his wife out for drinks like I did my husband last night after I got off work. I don't have time to be messing around them Jokers at work. They will catch a case with me if they step or say anything crazy.

  • Vegas1989

    I know. Communication is very important in a marriage. I have been married two months today and I tell and ask my husband what I'm going to be doing after work before hand. Hey I'm going to happy hour or Taco Tuesday with the crew are you okay with that? And he says, "Yes!"...Too easy

  • Phillybruh

    He was a public figure and when someone makes an accusation against these men these days, the company has to do away with them immediately. His wife could be very aware that he cheats and as long as he affords her lifestyle. She's cool beans.

  • sunni_daze

    Um and the crime against his hair for not brushing that shit.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Congrats on being married . Best of luck to your newlyweds!!! Communication is the the key always. Seems like he has a lot of explaining to do...

  • Quitedeliteful

    Very True... She might not give a damn as long as the money rolls in....

  • Look@m3

    EXACTLY I was thinking the same thing...bruh he was the managing director for morgan Stanley!!!! Wow, but this still sounds fishy because I didn't readh any inappropriate behavior. I need them to elaborate. Did he fondle her, touch her on the boobies, tell her to slob the yankie in order for her to move up ..just sounds like he was physically aggressive with her which is still wrong but not sexual. It really just sound like he liked her and couldn't resist and was obsessed.

    This is why I say I WILL not date or sleep with a co worker......I like being able to pay my bills on time! aint no inch bout to come in between that!

  • Look@m3

    Lawd, didn't know he was married! How disgusting!

  • You Could Never

    Can we get a Draya post... so all of the folks who used to tell me I was wrong for still brining up the fact that she left lil Gilbert Arenas, Jr at home eating dryer lint and dreams... can log in?

  • Look@m3

    Really that sound like the military. Had no idea the private sector had a say in marital affairs and the like...interesting!

  • Look@m3

    CONGRATS!!!
    Keep it up its a great feeling to not just be married but to have someone to communicate with on that level.

  • Phillybruh

    They will until some white man who says you know what I didn't do nothing to her and nearly bankrupts them in a lawsuit.

  • Look@m3

    There is definitely something weird about this story...Maybe there is more but they just not telling us.

  • Look@m3

    Yeah but this story is still a lil off for me. I feel like there is something missing for some reason...Maybe the woman was a client of Morgan Stanly or something. Just seem off that the company would get involved idk.

    Either way seems like we getting a new face everyday aint no telling who will be tomorrow or Monday...

  • hottlanta

    Let me correct EVERYONE owned slaves. The Republicans were the main ones touting their horns throughout the years saying we never owned slaves, never been part of the KKK or any other group that target black people for violence or hate. We have always been good to black people. WE have always been their friends.

  • Phillybruh

    Yeah something is missing from it. Which is why he says he may sue. It'll come out.

  • Anunnaki

    Why don't they just pull the fire drill in the building, including WH..and every one that comes out, say u are all dismissed, hell they all crooked..., and sick

  • bemetoo

    so he was persistent with trying to take her out??? doesnt seem like any harm was done..we live in guilty until proven guilty lol society now

  • Kanyade

    That is the mindset of a lot of ypipo.

  • http://bettybooplover.tumblr.com/ Berry Melon

    I've seen a lot of people with very good jobs who just don't take their work seriously - too busy fooling around like they are still in school. In Ford's version (copy and paste) of the story, he met the woman in a professional capacity for dinner and drinks, after which they shared a cab and parted ways. Later, he reached out about meeting again but was told he had acted unprofessionally and wanted more than a business relationship. He agreed to not contact her again and heard nothing until Tuesday, when he was told a reporter had contacted Morgan Stanley about allegations against him. But in her version, as relayed by HuffPost, Ford harassed and intimidated her, "forcibly grabbed her one evening in Manhattan," leading her to seek help from a building security guard, and then pestered her in a series of emails afterward. And so he denied the allegations and said he would bring legal action against the woman and his former employer - presumably for defamation and wrongful termination.

  • hottlanta

    AWWWWWW loving it. Keep, keep, keep, keeping on. If you are in the ATL it is snowing and good baby making weather.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    My issue is that it's so easy to embellish these stories to make it sound more incriminating, making the man look "more guilty".
    Just so hard to tell who's really telling the truth, especially when the accusation comes out years later.

  • Bashi22

    I hope he fight it in court

  • http://bettybooplover.tumblr.com/ Berry Melon

    Yeah, I also feel the same. It's hard to pinpoint who is telling the truth and who isn't. We can always blame the man, but imagine if he was innocent and she was lying to get him fired? But with this one I won't say anything until they bring out all the facts. Because in all honesty... I don't really know who to believe.

  • Bonsai

    Is he what is called an octoroon?

  • Bonsai

    He got some nappy hair.

  • Phillybruh

    His hair isn't nappy..lol

  • Waya Hedia

    hmmmm.. I don't know. This seems like this chick is stiffing him. All he did, in his words, was ask her out. Which, I guess, men can't do any more. I've watched Ford on TV a lot over the past two decades and while I always disagreed with him, he's a smart guy and seemed pretty classy to me. I am getting tired of this crap. Moore's accuser admitted she changed the 'yearbook' by adding that bogus date to it.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    And it's worse if there's politics involved. Like in this instance Harold Ford is a Democrat. If the woman in this situation is a Republican, that might give her extra reason to lie or embellish stuff just because she doesn't like his politics.

  • hottlanta

    I was deciding whether or not to send my biracial nephew Dump loving soul a deep chocolate dark skin Santa Claus with an afro Xmas card to him and his "All Lives Matter white wife last night. Lil Hots said don't do it you re gonna start WWIII. He loves Rush/Bill and Newt to the depths of his soul.

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    Alot missing to the story here, having said that an atmosphere has been created were we men cant ask a woman out for a date, or give her a compliment.
    Nokn

    Alot missing to the story here, having said that an atmosphere has been created were we men cant ask a woman out for a date, or give her a compliment. No more Hey Susie you look nice today!

    From now on its Susie you look terrible and you smell bad, (just to be on the safe side)

  • No Love Lost

    Definitely, it's really depressing to see.

  • Armymom20

    dang... this will never end.

  • Evillene

    He was married and his wife was birthing babies around the time this happened. What a shame. Entitled predatory males come in every size, shape and color.

  • Losing it all for Becky

    I remember when he lost his political career because he married a white woman. I bet this one was white too. Welp.

  • Blue

    You know whats inappropriate? The unkempt hairs in that pic up top. Brush my dude. Brush.

  • AnotherBlackGirl

    LMAO!!He actually has curly hair. Your comment was too funny.

  • TheOwley

    We've been warned about #metoo going over board and like he said, undermine the real victims. This sounds like a man who attempted and failed at hooking up with someone not his wife. It's simple assault at best if he touched her on arms, sexual assault if on privates. Looks like the former not the latter and in today's climate, a fireable offense.

  • ShelbyMoore

    No due process, no just cause....they're only going by mere allegations. Some of these men are saying the accusations are all lies, but they are being persecuted anyway without evidence.

  • We Can Do This

    Man, his eyes are close together.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    Dang, no wonder i haven't seen him on Morning Joe, smh

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Blue

    oh. lol

  • MsPam

    If you know anything about Harold Ford he’s really a Republican he pretends to be a Democrat.

  • Liah

    They gone learn...##CLEANHOUSE

  • shelly

    How is it a HR issue if she doesn’t work there?

  • MistaO

    Oh please. You'd not have that same sentiment if he was a black female with white spouse. The hypocrisy of black females knows no bounds.

  • Mia Said so

    you better tell it Ms. Pam

  • Mia Said so

    wait huh.. do you have the names correct

  • Mia Said so

    its curly you see it heheheeheheh

  • Coco17

    He looks scary, not attractive at all

  • Trace da Ace

    lmao!! i was thinking the same thing....

  • Trace da Ace

    see, he looks like one of thoose dudes who think he can get at anybody just because he light skinned with green eyes.....sooo 1998 of him....

  • Losing it all for Becky

    How could he be a woman, black or white? You don't make sense. Get some help for your deep seated issues, dude, and I stand by what I said.

  • Guess Who

    He looks like Mr. Montgomery Burns on the Simpsons...

    ...EXCELLENT.

  • Guess Who

    I'll tell you this as I've been an HR Manager for years.

    It's because he works there. It is irrelevant whether she was an employee or not. She basically reported him to his company and HR got involved and did an investigation.

    It's like someone reporting a racist idiot for tweeting hateful things to the place the racists works at and they get fired. Bottom line, you are a representative of the company you work for and if you do things against policy, practices, the law, work environment, etc., HR will get involved.

  • shelly

    Wow I did not know that.

  • Guess Who

    LOL...girl, start tweeting crazy shyt and let folks know where you work. See if your employers don't try to get you together with the quickness, lol. It doesn't have to even be something against the law. If you are breaking a POLICY or business practice of your organization, they can take action. Might not get fired but you can get investigated, reprimanded, DEMOTED.

  • Ghost

    If he is guilty so be it..but I read that this happened several years ago so why wasn't it addressed then. How long has this in house investigation been going on? was it more then one woman? if she doesn't work there..who did she complain too? There's got to be more to this story...I guess its safe to say that if you have sexually assaulted, harassed or created a hostile work environment in the last 50 years..you're on notice!

  • V Dubb

    Used to lubb me some Harold Ford....he even came to speak at our National Convention....oh well

  • shelly

    That is really scary I understand the threats but everything else is crazy. All the people that threatened Obama and Michelle I wonder if they were reprimanded.

  • http://ebonynsweet.com Ebony N’ Sweet

    I think the entire senate probably got skeletons in their closet

  • D96

    Do people really have to lose their jobs TODAY over stuff that may or may not have happeneed years ago??? Jesus be due process. can’t throw whole lives away over accusations. some evidence needs to come forth.

  • dontgetblocked

    Also the meetings were work related.

  • andrice

    Really????

  • EMILY POST

    Yes his career did go down hill after he married. They thought he was going to be the who was next in politics .

  • EMILY POST

    No they just dont need to ask people out at work... Or women they work with. I dont think thats to much to ask.

  • Malcom Flex

    Yup

  • Malcom Flex

    Agreed. Some light skin black males are extra.

  • dontgetblocked

    Oh well! His Becky wife can deal with it. The reports say the woman has emails and witnesses. He's done!

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    Aaaand ..hows that working out in the societal work climate today? Cricketts...

    Even more what your suggesting is not even rational or sensible
    We are human not robots, physiological implications here.

    Further my comment was a light hearted joke and a play on the semantics at noticing and making comments about our co-workers

    You might as well of suggested that women need to wear large over sized trash bags over their body and paper bags on their face....spounds ridiculous doesnt it......exactly.

  • EMILY POST

    Did you bring bugs? Its crickets because you don't sh#t where you eat. What kind of professional are you?

  • Maxima

    We are living in those kind of times now. Errrybody gonna have to do the right thing or else what you thought was forgotten will not be.

  • Maxima

    Thanks, I relly did not know this.

  • Li

    The woman, who was not an employee of Morgan Stanley,
    ^^
    If she wasn't an employee of MS, then it wasn't sexual harassment. Ford is an attorney he knows his law.
    I would like to know this: a) were their witnesses, because she alleged it was a business meeting; b) did the woman just wake up and remember it happened several years ago, probably pass the statute of limitations? c) where are the emails that she can show?

    I'm so sick of these women who "over" play an incident and make it sound like the man smashed her head in and raped her.
    Ford is suing MS (and will win) and will sue the woman and get her to back down.

  • Li

    Those are my questions too. All of a sudden this woman pops up -- was she in a coma? Did she report it to anyone else???? If he was harassing her through email, let's see the emails.
    I don't believe this baloney story.

  • Li

    But it happened YEARS ago, probably before he was employed by MS.

    This is the same BS they pulled on Franken. He wasn't even in the Senate when those allegations went down. If I were these men I would sue!

  • Guess Who

    It depends on the company and honestly there might not be anything HR could do, especially if there is a policy, statute, law, etc. that has a time limit...but in some cases, depending on the company, they still can. Whether it happened 2 days or 20 years ago, the nature of the offense and if others experienced the same thing with the accused. It's all about the policy, if the employee lied about anything on their application, resume/Curricula Vitae, etc. that went against an policy or ethical clause in a contract signed or whatever...
    ...I'mma tell yall this, straight up....it doesn't really matter. If they out to get you, they will make it stick.....TRUST ME ON THIS.

  • Trace da Ace

    OMG!! yes!!!!! everybody wanna be Drake and shyt...lol