The Irish producer who made a racial discrimination and injury claim against Clarkson is set to receive the full settlement
Clarkson’s fracas with Tymon, dubbed “Steakgate” over the failure to be served a steak at the end of a day filming Top Gear in Yorkshire, ultimately resulted in Clarkson’s departure from the BBC.
A BBC investigation led by BBC Scotland boss Ken MacQuarrie found that Clarkson had subjected the 36-year-old Irishman to a 30-second physical attack after a sustained verbal tirade.
MacQuarrie concluded that Tymon was “subject to an unprovoked physical and verbal attack” by Clarkson, during which he was “struck, resulting in swelling and bleeding to his lip”.
Tony Hall, the director general of the BBC, said Clarkson had subjected an “innocent party [to] a physical altercation accompanied by sustained and prolonged verbal abuse of an extreme nature”.
Clarkson today issued an official apology to Tymon.
“I would like to say sorry, once again, to Oisin Tymon for the incident and its regrettable aftermath,” Clarkson said.
“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.
In November 2015 Tymon turned down an offer to return to the show after his 6 month’s paid leave following the incident.
A source close to the case revealed: “BBC executives feel a little disappointed that it has come to this – they have always been very supportive of Oisin and sympathetic to him.
“He had indicated that all he wanted to do was move on and go back to working on the show he loved – Top Gear.
“The BBC kept on paying him for six months after the incident in March until he was offered work on another show.
“However, after Chris Evans was confirmed as the new Top Gear host , he was asked if he would be happy to have Oisin back working on the show.