Goldman Sachs Fires Ex-Porn Star Over Ethics?

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Goldman Sachs Fire Employee For Ethics Violation
Goldman Sachs Fire Employee For Ethics Violation

If any of the quarter million students and graduates who applied for jobs this summer with Goldman Sachs have made an ‘adult’ movie in the past, it might be recommended have a plan B.

Goldman Sachs the financial giant and beacon of integrity and ethics sacked a very bright and talented young lady for an apparent “ETHICS” violation.

Shizuka Minamoto was a ‘really smart’ adult video actress who appeared in a number porn films while a college student. Titled “Lost Virginity,” the production included a claim on its cover that Minamoto has extremely high intelligence.

“I have an interest in masturbating but I am a virgin,” she said in an interview included on the disc. “I decided to appear in AV because I am intrigued by male genitals.” She added, “I scored 935 on the TOEIC exam” — a reference to the English proficiency exam whose top possible score is 990.

The film was followed by a number of other appearances, all shot during Miyamoto’s first and second years in college: She starred as a soapland bathhouse attendant, a member of a group of three lesbians and a school girl in a gym suit.

Golden Sachs, however, seems to have not given the films high ratings. Late last year, the Japan branch of the U.S.-based investment bank terminated an informal employment agreement it had with the former actress, at least if Shukan Gendai (June 11) is to be believed.

“She wasn’t going for money or fame: she didn’t have those kinds of goals,” says a writer covering the AV industry. “She’s the type who was curious. She didn’t have experience with sex. She also didn’t have a boyfriend when she first discovered the AV world, which was when she was 18. She made her debut because she wanted more pleasure; so she was really driven in that sense.”

The promotion of her high intelligence was consistent throughout her career, with each DVD noting on its cover that he has an IQ of 130. She was the real deal, concludes the writer: “One gets the feeling that she’s really smart.”

No regrets

Goldman Sachs Japan, however, appears to not have been impressed. According to the magazine, the company, located in the Roppongi entertainment district of Tokyo, ended a naitei agreement, which is typically provided by companies when hiring university graduates.

“She doesn’t regret her career in AV,” says an industry insider. “But she was afraid of people finding out about it when she started job hunting. So she sent cease-and-desist orders to video sites that were illegally uploading her films.”

Goldman Sachs terminated an informal employment agreement with the woman after the firm found out she went by the name of “Shizuka Minamoto” in her “film” days prior to applying to Goldman according to Tokyo Reporter. Minamoto appeared in numerous adult films during her first and second years of college, and each DVD that was made touted Minamoto’s intelligence, noting on the cover that she has an IQ of 130. Apparently that IQ was good enough to land a job offer from a Goldman Sachs branch in Japan, albeit briefly.

As Minamoto began job hunting, she was nervous about her prior endeavors and sent cease and desist orders to the video sites that were illegally uploading her films to try and minimize who would be viewing them. However, the ex-porn star got caught when someone called Goldman and pointed out Minamoto’s past.

A representative from Goldman Sachs Japan said the company “was reluctant” to offer comment on the matter. However, a person with knowledge of the case said that as a result of a close examination of Minamoto’s history, “the results revealed a violation of rules of employment regarding one’s private life. That led to the cancellation of the job offer. So it does not seem the termination was directly connected to the adult video appearances.”

First of all, does anyone find it ironic that Goldman has rules of employment regarding one’s private life – as in ethical rules? Afterall, if that’s the case the firm may as well shut its doors in the morning. Secondly, it would seem Goldman would want someone of Minamoto’s background on staff – imagine the deals that would get done if Minamoto was on the deal team and there was ever a need to break the ice in the room.

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