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Jeremy Clarkson issues apology after settling Top Gear claim

British TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson has publicly apologised to a Top Gear producer after they reached a settlement for their bust-up last year (15).
The former Top Gear host was dismissed from the motoring show in March 2015 after a BBC inquiry found that he launched an “unprovoked physical and verbal attack” at producer Oisin Tymon and punched him during a row over catering arrangements.
Tymon did not press charges at the time, but later filed a £100,000 ($139,000) claim for racial discrimination and personal injury against Clarkson and the BBC in November.
All three parties were due to meet to discuss the claim next week (beg29Feb16) ahead a hearing in May, but it has since been reported they have reached a settlement, and Clarkson and the BBC paid around £100,000 in damages.
In a statement, 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.
“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.”
Clarkson is now working on a new car show with his ex-Top Gear co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond. British presenter Chris Evans and former Friends actor Matt Le Blanc are fronting a revamped version of Top Gear. Both programs are set for broadcast this year.

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