Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/02/05/oz_banker_saved/
Miranda Kerr backs Oz porn-surf banker
Macquarie shows mercy following net campaign
Internet users have over the last few days mobilised in support of the Oz banker caught copping an eyeful of shapely local lass MIranda Kerr during a live TV broadcast, amid speculation that Sydney's Macquarie Bank was poised to give him his marching orders:
Since the outrage spilled onto the interwebs earlier this week, it's been revealed that the chap in question is Macquarie Private Wealth trader David Kiely, who was swiftly suspended from his post while his employer launched a probe into just how Kerr's assets sent international interest rates soaring.
A spokesman for the bank said: "Macquarie has strict policies in place surrounding the use of technology and the issue arising from the live cross on Seven News is being dealt with internally."
Oz's Channel 10 news claimed yesterday that Kiely had been set up by a colleague who sent him emails with the offending attachments, and a final message which invited him to "turn around now".
The poor bloke quickly got the backing of sympathisers worldwide, including this campaign to save him from the chop.
Ms Kerr, too, weighed in with: "I am told there is a petition to save his job and of course I would sign it."
Happily, Macquarie has now issued a statement confirming: "He will remain an employee of Macquarie. Macquarie and the employee apologise for the offense that he may have caused."
Beers all round then, not least for Miranda Kerr, since the BBC explains that the number of Google searches for her name on Google rocketed by 100 per cent following her brief foray into the world of high finance. ®