The university employers of Brooke Magnanti – the unmasked call-girl Belle de Jour – have given her full support and plan to take no action.
Bosses at the Bristol Initiative for Research of Child Health said: “This aspect of her past bears no relevance to her current role at the university.”
Magnanti was a PhD student working on her thesis at Sheffield University when she decided that prostitution would be a quick and easy and way to earn some cash.
She recorded her sexual encounters in her blog with a style that won legions of fans and led to a six-figure book deal and TV drama.
A month ago she revealed her secret to her colleagues at the Bristol Initiative for Research of Child Health, who were “amazingly kind and supportive”.
Magnanti unmasked herself as Belle de Jour after admitting in her blog that she felt “worse” about her writing than about her life as a high-class prostitute.