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VOL. 133 | NO. 11 | Monday, January 15, 2018

Investigation Finds No Basis for Misconduct Allegation Against Ford

By Bill Dries

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Former Memphis Congressman Harold Ford Jr. says Morgan Stanley has concluded its investigation of an allegation of sexual misconduct against him made last month and determined that it was not true.

Harold Ford Jr.

A Ford spokesman emailed a quote from Ford late Thursday, Jan. 11, that follows Ford’s firing by the Wall Street firm last month after the allegation.

"I am gratified to learn that Morgan Stanley now acknowledges what I always knew, that I did not engage in any acts of sexual misconduct or harassment,” Ford’s statement reads. “I only wish for the sake of my good name and reputation that they had admitted the truth five weeks ago."

The quote comes the same day that a New York Times story reported Morgan Stanley’s investigation of the allegation did not find proof of harassment. Morgan Stanley made the decision to fire Ford after its internal investigation, according to the account.

Morgan Stanley has not released any statements on the allegation since announcing last month that Ford had been fired.

A reporter, whose name has not been released, claimed that Ford sexually harassed her and behaved inappropriately during a working dinner four years earlier.

Ford, who represented the 9th Congressional District that includes Memphis from 1997-2006, vehemently denied the allegation.

After losing a race for the U.S. Senate to Republican Bob Corker in 2006, Ford moved to New York where he worked for several Wall Street firms in addition to working as a political commentator for several cable news channels.

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PROPERTY SALES 85 205 21,165
MORTGAGES 76 206 24,338
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 15 22 3,123
BUILDING PERMITS 183 321 43,755
BANKRUPTCIES 48 92 13,560
BUSINESS LICENSES 31 44 6,756
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 25 32 7,931
MARRIAGE LICENSES 22 41 4,775