Nightmare on Wall Street

Discrimination or fraud? The billion-dollar charges fly

Whom would you believe: Christian Curry, who says he was fired by Morgan Stanley Dean Witter for appearing nude in a gay men's magazine? Or company officials, who say Curry was fired for lying on his expense reports? Would you believe police, who say Curry solicited an undercover cop to plant a racist e-mail in Morgan Stanley's computer system? Or Curry's lawyer, who says Morgan Stanley paid an informant to entrap Curry in order to discredit him?

This sordid tabloid riddle went mainstream last week when Curry, who is black, slapped Morgan Stanley with a Wall Street-size $1.35 billion lawsuit. The...

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