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Bank pardons worker caught looking at naked model pictures

ISTANBUL- Daily News with wires | 2/5/2010 12:00:00 AM |

Macquarie Group Ltd. said an employee in Sydney who was caught on live television looking at topless photographs on his computer will stay at the bank. (VIDEO)

A Macquarie Group employee in Sydney, who was caught on live television looking at nude photographs of a supermodel on his computer, will stay at the bank, Macquarie said on Friday.

While a Macquarie Private Wealth worker discussed interest rates live on Australia’s 7 News on Feb. 2, investment manager David Kiely could be seen in the background opening several semi-nude photographs on his desktop, before turning to look at the camera.

“An internal review into the events has been completed,” Bloomberg quoted Laura Bramwell, a spokeswoman for Macquarie, Australia’s largest investment bank, as saying. “This review has been discussed with the employee and action taken. He will remain an employee. Macquarie and the employee apologize for any offense that may have been caused.”

Miranda Kerr, the Australian supermodel appearing in the snaps, offered to sign a petition to help the banker keep his job, the Daily Telegraph said on Friday. An archived video of the television footage on YouTube won a five-star rating and attracted almost 1 million hits.

Financial news and comment Web site hereisthecity.com had started the “Save Dave” global campaign to keep the employer in his job. “Well done Macquarie Bank,” the Web site said on Friday, quoting an Australian banker as saying: “The campaign to Save Dave caught the imagination of bankers around the world, after what has been a difficult time for our industry. Macquarie will no doubt have been overwhelmed by the force of public opinion. I'm sure Dave would extend his thanks for the Save Dave initiative if he could, but he is understandably wanting to keep a low profile now.”

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