Jeremy Clarkson’s exaggerated reaction to a cold meal led to the end of an iconic motoring show, perhaps the most famous in the world. As it was expected, the entire Top Gear crew would soon find a new home, namely Amazon Prime. However, a punch in the face remains a violent act, and now the BBC producer who was assaulted by Clarkson has decided to take action. A legal action.
At the time – March 4, 2015 – Oisin Tymon suffered swelling and bleeding to his lip and even drove himself to the hospital as a result of the altercation. Tony Hall, the general director of the BBC, said that Clarkson had subjected an “innocent party to a physical altercation accompanied by sustained and prolonged verbal abuse of an extreme nature.”
The question you’re probably asking is why now, and why didn’t Tymon press charges when it happened. As a matter of fact, Clarkson’s “victim” told police he did not wish to press charges. No good deed remains unpunished, as the producer’s decision was welcomed with a social media spark for his involvement in the dispute. He even asked Clarkson’s help to tell his social media “groupies” to calm down.
Jezza’s lawyers and BBC’s legal representatives attended a closed-door hearing with Oisin Tymon’s defense at a London employment tribunal today. According to the BBC, the case centers on the “verbal abuse” that accompanied a physical attack, during which Clarkson struck the producer.
The inquiry found Tymon was subject to an “unprovoked physical and verbal attack.” So far, the state-owned broadcast has only confirmed the legal action and that it will respond to the claim, but will not be commenting further at this time.
Whether or not Clarkson and his former colleague will cut a deal is hard to tell, but considering the producer initially decided not to press charges, it sounds more like he’s looking for some extra holiday money.