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Producer punched by Jeremy Clarkson ‘doesn’t want to’ press charges

Joseph McCormick March 27, 2015

The producer punched by Jeremy Clarkson which led to the contract of the former Top Gear host not being renewed by the BBC, has said he will not press charges.

Announcing the sacking earlier this week, BBC director-general Lord Hall said that Clarkson had failed to maintain“standards of decency and respect” whilst working after an “unprovoked physical and verbal attack” on producer Oisin Tymon.

He was found guilty of “a physical altercation accompanied by sustained and prolonged verbal abuse of an extreme nature” which left Mr Tymon needing hospital treatment.

Pending an investigation, the 54-year-old possibly faced police action “where necessary”, North Yorkshire Police said.

However Mr Tymon’s lawyer Paul Daniels has now issued a statement saying: “Mr Tymon has informed the police that he doesn’t want to press charges.

“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.”

Clarkson has taken to defending Mr Tymon against abuse from disappointed fans, including on social media, saying “none of this was his fault”.

A petition set up by Guido Fawkes blogger on Change.org to bring back Clarkson has been signed by over a million people.

Clarkson has been accused of homophobia in the past.

He apologised last year for a tweet he sent containing a picture of himself with a sign saying “gay c*nt”.

Clarkson tweeted the image featuring fellow Top Gear host James May, along with the caption “Sadly, I fell asleep on the plane.

Piers Morgan tweeted to criticise the Top Gear presenter for the tweet, noting his “flabby neck”.

In 2010, Clarkson was criticised for appearing on the show with Alistair Campbell, and in a scene which was deleted saying: “I demand the right not to be bummed.”

Last week, Evan Davis asked the panelists at the PinkNews Debate who they thought should be the new host with some amusing results.

More: jeremy clarkson, oisin tymon, Top Gear

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