BBC launches investigation into ‘Top Gear’ fracas

Associated Press

London — The BBC has launched an investigation into “Top Gear” host Jeremy Clarkson’s alleged “fracas” with a producer, trying to establish the facts of the incident before deciding its next move.

The popular TV presenter has been suspended pending an investigation into whether he punched a producer during a dispute over a meal.

The BBC on Monday said the investigation, led by BBC Scotland director Ken MacQuarrie, would establish the facts and that “people should wait for the outcome of that.”

Clarkson has often found himself in trouble for remarks and behavior deemed offensive.

Last year, Argentina’s ambassador to Britain demanded an apology from the BBC after the “Top Gear” crew allegedly referenced the country’s 1982 war with Britain over the Falkland Islands. The crew was forced to leave the country.