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TV star faces Tribunal battle
A producer who was attacked by former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson is taking legal action against the star.
Oisin Tymon is suing Mr Clarkson and the BBC for £100,000 for racial discrimination and personal injury.
A preliminary hearing took place at the Central London Employment Tribunal last month and proceedings are expected to continue next year.
Earlier this year, Mr Clarkson had been involved in a row over eating arrangements while filming an episode of Top Gear in Yorkshire.
A BBC investigation found that the star had subjected Tymon to a tirade of abuse and a physical attack.
Following the controversy, Mr Clarkson lost his job as the frontman of the channel’s flagship car show. My Tymon is still employed by the corporation but he has not worked since the incident in March.
Damages awarded by Employment Tribunals would normally be capped at £80,000, but the limit does not apply in cases when claimants allege discrimination.
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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