A law firm acting on behalf of actor Somi Guha, who appeared in 2006 sci-fi film Children of Men, has written to the BBC claiming Clarkson’s use of the word “slope” – which can be used as a derogatory term for people of Asian descent – contravened the Equality Act 2010.
Guha, who has also featured in The Bill, is seeking an apology and disciplinary action against Clarkson.
In the latest Top Gear series finale, which aired earlier in March, Clarkson and co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May were tasked with building a bridge over the River Kwai in Thailand.
At the completion of the task Clarkson said “that is a proud moment, but there’s a slope on it”, just as an Asian man can be seen walking towards him on the bridge.
Hammond replied: “You’re right, it’s definitely higher on that side.”