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Irish producer Oisín Tymon is suing Clarkson and the BBC for racial discrimination

An internal BBC probe found Clarkson subjected him to an unprovoked physical and verbal attack.

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THE IRISH TV producer who was attacked by Jeremy Clarkson is suing the former Top Gear host and the BBC for racial discrimination and personal injury.

Oisín Tymon’s lawyers and the BBC attended the Central London Employment Tribunal today for a preliminary hearing about the action, the Guardian reports.

The veteran presenter was dropped by the broadcaster in the wake of the attack, following an internal inquiry.

The probe found that Tymon was subjected to an unprovoked physical and verbal attack by Clarkson. It happened at a Yorkshire hotel after the host was told there would be no hot food available after the day’s location shooting.

“We will be responding to this claim, but will not be commenting further at this time,” a statement from the BBC said this morning.

Speaking in May, Clarkson said the incident that lost him the lucrative presenting gig was “my own silly fault”.

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Following months of speculation about his future career, it was confirmed in July that Clarkson – along with Top Gear colleagues James May and Richard Hammond – would launch their new motoring programme via Amazon’s on-demand TV service, debuting in 2016.

According to the Guardian’s report, damages in employment tribunal cases are normally capped at about £80,000 (€113,000). In discrimination cases, complainants can secure amounts of over £100,000 (over €140,000).

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