The former producer of the well known television show Top Gear – Oisin Tymon – has reportedly decided to have matters resolved by the court, calling Jeremy Clarkson and the BBC in front of the judges due to alleged racial discrimination and personal injury.
The Guardian has reported the former producer’s lawyers were in the Central London Employment Tribunal on Friday last week and will be seeking more than £100,000 ($152,110 / €141,736) in damages following the worldwide media scandal involving him and Clarkson that eventually led to the star’s demise and the solidarity exit of the other two star presenters of the show. According to legal experts the case will most likely get resolved through a settlement but if an amiable decision will not be reached the full employment tribunal case will continue and three people will be tasked to deliver a resolution – the latter not talking place earlier than next year.
But the legal experts expect the settlement to come from the BBC as they would need to show how they tried to stop Clarkson from engaging in discriminatory behavior. And since the well known presenter has a very long history of history of controversial comments, many of them seen as being racist, it appears highly unlikely the BBC was able to undertake all the necessary and reasonable steps to stop him from pursuing the type of behavior. The TV station’s own investigation of the fracas showed Tymon was subjected to an “unprovoked physical and verbal attack” by Clarkson. The physical attack over the fact that Clarkson had not received a steak after a day of filming resulted in Tymon having a swollen and bloody lip.