British police are to study the internal BBC report that led to the sacking of Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson, raising the prospect that the TV star could face criminal prosecution for assault.
Officers on Wednesday said they are liaising with the broadcaster following the star’s dismissal for what was described as a fracas with one of the show’s producers.
Clarkson was dropped from Top Gear after the BBC concluded he had launched an unprovoked physical and verbal assault on his colleague.
In its internal investigation, the BBC said Clarkson had crossed a line and had failed to show decency and respect when he assaulted a Top Gear producer.
The broadcaster’s findings have prompted police in North Yorkshire, the county where the assault took place to launch their own investigation.
The force has asked the BBC for a copy of its report and has said the information will be assessed appropriately and that action will be taken where necessary.
The BBC insists there was no blame attached to the producer who they said behaved with integrity throughout, Clarkson by comparison is said to have launched an unprovoked attack that left a colleague in hospital.