The Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr has backed an internet campaign to save the Australian banker caught on live television looking at racy photographs of her on his computer.
David Kiely, a trader with Macquarie Private Wealth, was caught during a live television feed viewing the near-nude photos from the Australian model’s recent GQ shoot.
After initial speculation that he had been sacked, it has since emerged that he has been holed up in his Sydney home on suspension while Macquarie Bank, known locally as the "millionaire's factory', undertakes an investigation into the embarrassing incident.
Reports have suggested his computer and emails has been forensically examined while management and the bank’s HR division have held a series of crisis meetings.
Other reports have suggested he was “set up” by his colleagues.
The broadcaster aired the news item on Tuesday and since then the incident has become a global internet hit with almost 2 million views on YouTube - and a five star rating - while dozens of Facebook groups have sprung up in his defence.
London-based financial website "Here is the City News" has started a "Save Dave" campaign encouraging readers to email the Macquarie Bank's PR department to save his job.
Thousands of people have since joined the campaign, including Kerr, after the incident, which occurred earlier this week.
"I am told there is a petition to save his job and of course I would sign it," the model, who is currently in Australia, told local media.
The web campaign lists four reasons for Mr Kiely, who has been at the bank for six years, to keep his job.
The website says he seems like a nice bloke; the photographs were not hard-core; he has suffered enough, and there's just too much political correctness in this world anyway.
Unaware that his colleague Martin Lakos was doing a live television interview about the Australian economy with the country’s Seven Network, Mr Kiely’s computer screen could be seen as he looked at the pictures.
At one stage, he turns and looks directly at the television camera and realises his actions have been caught.
On Thursday, Channel 10 news aired allegations that he had been set up, with one of the emails containing at the end: "Turn around now".
The banker is expected to meet Macquarie Bank bosses within days to discover his fate.
A spokesman for the bank said it was taking the matter seriously.
"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," he said.
The bank has since emailed all of its employees worldwide warning them about the company's internet and email policy.