BBC Top Gear producer ‘suing Jeremy Clarkson and BBC’ for racial discrimination

 Oisin Tymon reportedly sat down with lawyers for presenter and broadcaster on Friday 


Heather Saul
Friday 13 November 2015 12:50 GMT
Jeremy Clarkson
Jeremy Clarkson (Getty)

The BBC producer assaulted by Jeremy Clarkson is allegedly suing the former Top Gear host and the BBC for racial discrimination.

Lawyers for Clarkson and the broadcaster sat down with Oisin Tymon at an employment tribunal in London on Friday, according to court records seen by Bloomberg.

The BBC decided not to renew Clarkson’s Top Gear contract after he launched what it described as an “unprovoked physical assault” on Mr Tymon over the food available following a day’s filming.

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Mr Tymon drove himself to hospital after the ‘fracas’ and was left with a swollen and bleeding lip, according to the BBC’s internal investigation. He did not press charges at the time and has never spoken publically about the incident.

The case reportedly relates to “verbal abuse” that allegedly accompanied the assault in March.

The inquiry, led by the director of BBC Scotland Ken MacQuarrie, said Mr Tymon “was struck, resulting in swelling and bleeding to his lip” during the “unprovoked physical and verbal attack”.

MacQuarrie added: “The verbal abuse was sustained over a longer period, both at the time of the physical attack and subsequently.”

Clarkson and his former Top Gear co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond have since signed a lucrative contract for a new motoring show with Amazon Prime worth a reported £10 million.

A BBC spokesperson said: “We will be responding to this claim but will not be commenting further at this time.”

The Independent has contacted a representative for Clarkson for comment.

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