An actress is suing the BBC for up to £1million after Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson allegedly made a racist remark during the series finale of the show.
Indian-born Somi Guha, 36, has instructed lawyers after Clarkson used the word “slope” – a derogatory term for people of Asian descent – in the Top Gear Burma special.
Ms Guha claims that broadcasting Clarkson’s comment amounts to unlawful discrimination by a public body.
Her lawyers, Equal Justice, claim her action could cost the BBC £1 million in punitive damages under equality laws unless it apologises and takes the hit motoring show off the air.
They say she is one of a group of people who were offended by the term – and so sought legal advice from the firm, who previously worked on racism allegations surrounding reality show Celebrity Big Brother.
A BBC spokeswoman for Top Gear said the Corporation had no comment on Miss Guha’s action…
Jeremy Clarkson’s tweet (which does not seem terribly related):
I’m not a racist. I am currently sitting in a bar with a man who lives quite near Wales.
— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) March 28, 2014
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Slope as a racial slur? I guess I don’t get out enough because I have never heard of it used thus. This tendency to get outraged and start suing is getting ridiculous, I do know that much.
See article for the context. Feeling a little poorly just now and did not read the whole thing.