Former Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon has embarked upon a lawsuit against the BBC and Jeremy Clarkson for racial discrimination and personal injury.
Following Clarkson's alleged assualt of Tymon, upon learning he would not receive a steak for dinner during filming in Yorkshire, the producer’s lawyers attended the Central London Employment Tribunal on Friday (13 November) in a preliminary hearing.
Employment tribunal cases can see awarded a maximum of £80,000 – however, if the discrimination allegations bare any weight the damages could rise to over £100,000, reports the Guardian.
Following the altercation, an internal BBC report stated that Tymon took himself to “Accident and Emergency after a physical altercation accompanied by sustained and prolonged verbal abuse of an extreme nature".
Law firm Slater & Gordon, representing Tymon, refused to comment on the ongoing case. Similarly, a BBC spokesperson said: “We will be responding to this claim but will not be commenting further at this time.”
Meanwhile, Clarkson, who was not required to attend the hearing, is currently filming a yet-to-named motoring show for Amazon.