Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon will not press charges against former presenter Jeremy Clarkson following the “fracas” that resulted in Clarkson being dropped by the BBC .
Tymon’s lawyer Paul Daniels said in a statement that the producer “just wishes to return now to the job at the BBC he loves, as soon as possible.”
An investigation by the BBC found that Clarkson had launched an “unprovoked physical and verbal attack” on the Top Gear producer during a location shoot, and as a result the presenter’s contract would not be renewed.
North Yorkshire Police had requested to read the BBC report and said that action will be taken “where necessary”.
However, Tymon has since informed police that he does not wish to press charges.
“I have been asked to issue a statement on behalf of my client Oisin Tymon regarding police enquiries in this matter,” Slater and Gordon lawyer Paul Daniels said in a statement.
“Mr Tymon has informed the police that he doesn’t want to press charges,” Daniels confirmed. “The events of the last few weeks have been extremely unpleasant for everyone involved. The matter has taken a great toll on Oisin, his family and his friends.
“Quite simply, Mr Tymon just wishes to return now to the job at the BBC he loves, as soon as possible. Further, the BBC have, in his view, taken action with a view to addressing the issues at hand.
“Mr Tymon agrees with the BBC’s stated view that all parties should now be allowed to move on, so far as possible,” Daniels concluded.
On Thursday, Clarkson had urged people to leave the producer at the centre of the Top Gear “fracas” alone. Tymon has been the subject of social media abuse since news of Clarkson’s dropping was made public, but the presenter told reporters outside his house that “none of this is his [Tymon’s] fault.”
“I wish people would leave Ois alone, because none of this is his fault,” Clarkson said, after not responding to a question about whether he was worried about being arrested.
Tymon had maintained his silence while the BBC investigated the matter, but following the announcement on Wednesday that Clarkson’s contract would not be renewed, he released a statement via his lawyers in which he called Clarkson “a unique talent.”
“I respect Lord Hall’s detailed findings and I am grateful to the BBC for their thorough and swift investigation into this very regrettable incident, against a background of intense media interest and speculation,” Tymon said.
Senior sources have told RadioTimes.com that Sky is not interested in hiring the former Top Gear presenter, claiming that they “couldn’t put Jeremy Clarkson on any Sky channels, especially those which are part of a family package deal and then face another controversy round the corner.”