Former Top Gear personality Jeremy Clarkson has reportedly settled a racial discrimination and personal injury claim levied against him by former Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon. Tymon’s solicitors, Slater & Gordon, said the case had been settled, but declined to give details of the settlement. The settlement is understood to be in excess of £100,000, according to the Press Association.
Oisin Tymon was producer on motoring show Top Gear and launched the action against Clarkson and the BBC after an on-location incident last March. An angry Clarkson apparently was furious when he was told he could not order a steak after a day’s filming in North Yorkshire. He then punched Tymon and used a racially-charged expletive. Tymon drove himself to hospital after the incident and was treated for a swollen and bleeding lip.
The BBC decided not to renew Jeremy Clarkson’s Top Gear contract after what it described as an “unprovoked physical assault” on Tymon. Tymon did not press charges at the time and has never spoken publicly about the incident. The legal case against Clarkson and the BBC was launched by the former producer in November.
A spokesperson for the BBC released a statement about the resolution of the incident, saying: “The action involving Mr Tymon and the BBC has been resolved. Oisin is a valued member of the BBC who behaved with huge integrity in dealing with the very difficult circumstances last year – a situation in which, as Tony Hall has stated, he was completely blameless. We are pleased that matters have now been resolved. Oisin has made an important contribution to the BBC in his 12 years with us, and we hope to see him continue to realize his potential in his role as a Development Executive. We believe Oisin has a very exciting future at the BBC.”
Jeremy Clarkson has also issued an apology to Tymon through the law firm representing him. The apology said, “I would like to say sorry, once again, to Oisin Tymon for the incident and its regrettable aftermath. I want to reiterate that none of this was in any way his fault. I would also like to make it clear that the abuse he has suffered since the incident is unwarranted and I am sorry too that he has had to go through that.”