Former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has settled a racial discrimination and injury claim with producer Oisin Tymon, whom he punched during a “fracas” nearly a year ago. Specifics of the settlement were not disclosed, but it is believed to be for more than £100K ($141K), to which both Clarkson and Top Gear broadcaster the BBC contributed, according to UK media. In a statement released through Tymon’s lawyers today, Clarkson said, “I would like to say sorry, once again, to Oisin Tymon for the incident and its regrettable aftermath. I want to reiterate that none of this was in any way his fault. I would also like to make it clear that the abuse he has suffered since the incident is unwarranted and I am sorry too that he has had to go through that.”
The altercation last year made headlines and resulted in Clarkson’s Top Gear contract being allowed to expire. He and co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May are now prepping a motoring show for Amazon. The BBC’s rebooted version of Top Gear will debut in May with Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc co-hosting along with others.
Following the 2015 dust-up at a Yorkshire hotel, an internal BBC inquiry found Tymon was subjected to an “unprovoked physical and verbal attack.” In the aftermath, he was subject to sustained abuse on social media, the BBC notes. The corporation said today, “We are pleased that matters have now been resolved. Oisin is a valued member of the BBC who behaved with huge integrity in dealing with the very difficult circumstances last year.” Tymon is now a development executive at the BBC where the corporation said it believes he has “a very exciting future.”
Clarkson added, “I am pleased that this matter is now resolved. Oisin was always a creatively exciting part of Top Gear and I wish him every success with his future projects.”