Friday 30 September 2016

Irish 'Top Gear' producer sues Clarkson over 'racial' attack

Shireen Lowe in London

Published 14/11/2015 | 02:30

Top Gear's former host Jeremy Clarkson who is being sued by producer Oisin Tymon for racial discrimination. Photo: PA
Top Gear's former host Jeremy Clarkson who is being sued by producer Oisin Tymon for racial discrimination. Photo: PA

Former 'Top Gear' host Jeremy Clarkson is being sued by Irish producer Oisin Tymon for racial discrimination.

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Lawyers for the 55-year-old presenter and the BBC had a closed-door hearing with Tymon's representatives at a London employment tribunal yesterday, according to sources.

Clarkson, who was later fired by the BBC, reportedly called Tymon a "lazy, Irish c***" during a confrontation at a hotel in north Yorkshire.

Tymon's law firm, Slater and Gordon, said it would not comment on the case.

A BBC spokeswoman said: "We will be responding to this claim but will not be commenting further at this time."

Clarkson was suspended after the "fracas" over catering on March 10, and was sacked by the BBC on March 25, following an internal inquiry.

The inquiry, led by the director of BBC Scotland Ken MacQuarrie, said 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."

Tymon officially returned to work at the BBC in May, and the corporation confirmed that he is still an employee.

Since his departure from Top Gear, Clarkson has signed a new deal with Amazon Prime to present a motoring show, which will air in 2016.

He will be joined by his co-presenters from the BBC show, Richard Hammond and James May, as well as producer Andy Wilman.

In the days after the attack, a guest at the hotel where the BBC team were staying said Clarkson was furious to find that there was no hot meal available when he and May and Hammond returned from a drinking session at a nearby pub.

Sue Ward, from Leeds, claimed the presenter complained it was "ridiculous there was noting to eat" and that the producer had not done his job properly.

Mrs Ward, who was staying at the Simonstone Hall hotel, near Hawes, told Sky News: "Obviously there were a lot of expletives in between all this. Clarkson told his colleague he would see to it that he would be losing his job."

A relative of Mrs Ward, called Denise (51), said: "It was the shock of 'How can someone be so rude?' It was the swearing and the length of time and this poor guy he ripped into."

Another source said that Clarkson called Tymon (36) a "lazy Irish c***" before splitting his lip with a punch that left him with blood running down his face.

Tymon is understood to have received treatment at the A&E department at Friarage Hospital, in Northallerton, and is said to have also suffered dizziness.

The incident with Tymon is not the only row from 'Top Gear' that is continuing to haunt Clarkson. His hopes of putting the infamous Falklands row behind him were dashed last month after a court probe was reopened in Argentina.

Clarkson sparked anger last year after driving through Argentina on a 1,400-mile road trip for a 'Top Gear' Christmas special in a red Porsche with the number plate H982 FKL on it.

War vets accused Clarkson, who once drove through an Indian slum in a Jaguar fitted with a toilet, of goading them over the Falklands.

Irish Independent

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