The Australian banker caught on live TV looking at nude photos of the Victoria's Secret lingerie model Miranda Kerr is to remain in his job. A spokesman for the investment bank Macquarie, based in Sydney, announced today that it had completed an internal review and that Dave Kiely would not be sacked.
A statement read: "Macquarie and the employee apologise for any offence that may have been caused." The spokesman did not disclose whether a worldwide online petition for Kiely - backed by the supermodel herself - played any part in their decision.
Kiely's moment of fame - which has been seen worldwide thanks to YouTube - came about on Tuesday when he was sitting at his computer terminal and received an email with a racy set of pictures of Kerr taken for GQ magazine.
Unaware that one of his colleagues, Martin Lakos, was giving a live interview to Channel 7 news just behind him, Kiely began opening the attachments in full view of the TV camera. The clip now doing the rounds finishes with Kiely turning sheepishly to the camera.
A Macquarie spokesman said at the time that the bank had "strict policies in place surrounding the use of technology" and that it was launching an inquiry.
As a result, a London-based financial website, Here is the City, launched an online petition to save him. Twenty-six-year-old Kerr, who is Australian-born and happened be on a trip home when the incident blew up, informed reporters in Sydney: "I am told there is a petition to save his job, and of course I would sign it."
Meanwhile, another TV news station, Channel 10, reported an allegation that Kiely was set up. After several pages of Kerr pictures, a final email apparently read: "Turn round now".
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