Jeremy Clarkson has issued an apology to former ‘Top Gear’ producer Oisin Tymon, after settling a £100,000 racial discrimination and personal injury claim. Clarkson is said to have punched Tymon and left him with a bloody lip after an altercation at a hotel in North Yorkshire during the filming of ‘Top Gear’ last March.

Jeremy ClarksonJeremy Clarkson has issued an apology to former ‘Top Gear’ producer Oisin Tymon.

In a statement issued through his lawyers Slater & Gordon, 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.”

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Details of the settlement were not released but it is said to be in excess of £100,000, with Clarkson and the BBC both contributing. Mr Tymon's lawyer, Paul Daniels, from Slater & Gordon, commented: "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.” Following the altercation Clarkson was suspended from ‘Top Gear’ and eventually dropped as the series’ host.

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Speaking to The Independent, a spokesperson for the BBC said: "The action involving Mr Tymon and the BBC has been resolved. 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."