SYDNEY: A top Australian model has backed a growing campaign to save the job of a banker caught viewing risque shots of her on live TV, in footage that has caused an Internet sensation.
Victoria Secrets model Miranda Kerr said she would happily sign a petition urging Macquarie Bank not to fire David Kiely, who is under internal investigation after the incident this week.
Kiely, who works in Macquarie Private Wealth in Sydney, was shown clicking on semi-naked pictures of Kerr, apparently not noticing that a colleague behind him was being interviewed for Australia’s Seven Network about interest rates.
Video of the gaffe generated hundreds of thousands of hits on YouTube and inspired several Facebook pages supporting the banker, as well as a popular “Save Dave” campaign by London-based business website hereisthecity.com.
The web campaign listed four reasons why Kiely should be allowed to keep his job: he seems like a nice bloke; the photographs were not hardcore; he has suffered enough, and there’s just too much political correctness in this world anyway.
“I am told there is a petition to save his job and of course I would sign it,” said Kerr to reporters in Sydney.
Macquarie, which marched Kiely out of its trading room on this week, is understood to be considering his position within the bank, reported The Australian newspaper.
Macquarie is known in banking circles as the “millionaire’s club” because of the high bonuses earned by some of its staff.
Shortly after Miranda Kerr’s statements, Macquarie Bank released a statement saying, “He will remain an employee of Macquarie – Macquarie and the employee apologise for any offence that may have been caused.” – Reuters