Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon has agreed a six-figure compensation sum with the BBC and Jeremy Clarkson for the punch that cost Clarkson his job.
According to sources close to all parties, Clarkson has agreed to foot the largest part of the compensation settlement, which is said to be in the “low six figures”. The BBC will also contribute to the payout.
Tymon had brought legal proceedings against the BBC and Clarkson in November, but the settlement today avoids avoids a potentially embarrassing legal hearing at an employment tribunal.
The hearing was likely to have taken evidence from all parties involved in the “fracas”, in which Clarkson punched Tymon and subjected him to a lengthy tirade of abuse in an alleged row over the lack of hot hotel food.
Tymon’s lawyers Slater and Gordon were authorised to issue the following statement for Jeremy Clarkson. 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,” he continued.
“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.
“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.”
Tymon’s lawyer, Paul Daniels from Slater and Gordon, added: “The action involving Mr Tymon has been concluded. Oisin is keen to put the matter behind him now that it has been brought to a close.
“Oisin greatly appreciates all of the support he has received, including from the BBC. He remains focused on the creative work he loves at the BBC.”
The BBC issued a statement confirming that Tymond’s personal injury and racial discrimination claim had been settled.
“The action involving Mr Tymon and the BBC has been resolved,” it read. “Oisin is a valued member of the BBC who behaved with huge integrity in dealing with the very difficult circumstances last year – a situation in which, as Tony Hall has stated, he was completely blameless.
“We are pleased that matters have now been resolved. Oisin has made an important contribution to the BBC in his 12 years with us, and we hope to see him continue to realise his potential in his role as a Development Executive. We believe Oisin has a very exciting future at the BBC.”
A BBC investigation into the attack in March ruled that the presenter had subjected Tymon to a 30-second, unprovoked physical and verbal assault.
Clarkson was sacked by the Corporation, and is currently working on a new car show for Amazon Prime, alongside fellow former Top Gear presenters James May and Richard Hammond.