Oisin Tymon takes legal action against Clarkson and the BBC
Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon, who was verbally and physically attacked by Jeremy Clarkson, is suing the presenter for racial discrimination.
Tymon is suing both Clarkson and the BBC for racial discrimination and personal injury. Lawyers for Tymon and the BBC were at the Central London Employment Tribunal this morning (November 13) for a preliminary hearing. Clarkson did not appear.
Sky News reports that lawyers acting for Tymon have confirmed the case relates to “Irish insults” directed at their client.
Clarkson’s assault of Tymon led to his departure from the BBC motoring series earlier this year. The fracas is believed to have occurred after Clarkson failed to be served a steak while on location in Yorkshire filming Top Gear.
A BBC investigation found that Clarkson subjected Tymon to a 30-second physical attack, which followed a “sustained verbal tirade”. It was reported that Tymon was struck by Clarkson, “resulting in swelling and bleeding to his lip”.
Clarkson has since signed a deal with Amazon to host a motoring show alongside James May and Richard Hammond.
Meanwhile, the BBC announced in June that Chris Evans will take over as host of Top Gear. The BBC has since been holding open auditions to find Evans’ co-presenters on the new-look show.