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BBC, Clarkson sued for discrimination

The Irish Top Gear producer verbally and physically attacked by Jeremy Clarkson is suing the presenter and the BBC for racial discrimination and personal injury.

Clarkson (centre) is now working with Amazon

Clarkson (centre) is now working with Amazon

Oisin Tymon’s lawyers and the UK pubcaster attended the Central London Employment Tribunal on Friday for a preliminary hearing about the legal action.

Clarkson was axed by the corporation earlier this year following a fracas over the lack of hot meal provision at a hotel the Top Gear team was using during filming.

Clarkson and co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May subsequently signed a lucrative deal with Amazon to produce a new motoring show for its streaming service.

Damages in employment tribunal cases are usually capped at around £80,000 (US$121,000), but in cases of discrimination, claims can be secured of more than £100,000.

A spokesman for the BBC said: “We will be responding to this claim but will not be commenting further at this time.”

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