Jeremy Clarkson settles legal dispute with former 'Top Gear' producer
By Leo Barraclough Variety.com LONDON -- Former "Top Gear" host Jeremy Clarkson has settled a racial discrimination and injury claim by the BBC show's former producer, who was punched and racially abused by Clarkson. No details of the settlement ...
By Leo Barraclough
LONDON - Former "Top Gear" host Jeremy Clarkson has settled a racial discrimination and injury claim by the BBC show's former producer, who was punched and racially abused by Clarkson.
No details of the settlement were revealed but it is thought the amount is in excess of $139,000, which will be paid by both Clarkson and the BBC. Clarkson also issued an apology to the producer, Oisin Tymon.
"I would like to say sorry, once again, to Oisin Tymon for the incident and its regrettable aftermath," Clarkson said. "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. I am pleased that this matter is now resolved. Oisin was always a creatively exciting part of 'Top Gear,' and I wish him every success with his future projects."
Following the attack in March the BBC decided that it would not renew Clarkson's contract. Since then, Clarkson has teamed up with former "Top Gear" co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May, and the show's former executive producer Andy Wilman, to create a new car show for Amazon Prime that will launch this year.