Macquarie scandal did not involve Miranda Kerr

Media interest was trounced by anti-climax in early June when Macquarie Group found itself at the centre of a media snafu that was only later proven to not involve Miranda Kerr.

The Sydney, Australia financial services giant established its enviable role as the industry leader in Miranda Kerr-related “scandal” in early 2010, when a Macquarie employee was filmed live on business television at his desk not working, but instead viewing a beguiling image of the stunning Victoria’s Secret model on his computer.

In retrospect, that relatively harmless but widely noted incident probably unfairly stoked expectation that any future Macquarie media misstep would include Kerr, a rather beautiful young woman with an unabashed girl-next-door demeanour (allegedly).

The latest narrative began when a flight attendant for Qantas airline asked Alan James, senior managing director and head of energy infrastructure for Macquarie, to turn off his mobile phone in preparation for a Los Angeles-to-Sydney flight.

James, talking on his cell phone to an unidentified person – sadly, as it transpired, not Miranda Kerr – for whatever reason refused. He was removed from the plane for being “disruptive” in not switching off his electronic device and was prevented from boarding another flight for a 24-hour period.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was informed of the incident. It is not known whether FBI personnel viewed an electronic photo gallery of Miranda Kerr as part of their investigation of the incident. If so, they were sadly wasting their time.