Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson in new race row over n-word claim
Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has denied claims he used racist language while filming an episode of the hit motoring show.
The Daily Mirror reported the star used the n-word while reciting a nursery rhyme, although it was later edited out of a BBC broadcast.
Clarkson denied the claim on Twitter, writing: "I did not use the n word. Never use it.
"The Mirror has gone way too far this time."
The paper said the footage was studied by "audio forensic experts" who told them the star "can be heard chanting, 'Eeny, meeny, miny moe...'. He then mumbles, 'Catch a n****r by his toe"'.
It comes days after the show's producer apologised for broadcasting a "light-hearted" joke by Clarkson that sparked a complaint of racism.
An episode of the show featured a scene in which the presenters built a bridge over the River Kwai, and as an Asian man walked over it Clarkson said: "That is a proud moment, but there's a slope on it."
Somi Guha, an actress who complained to the BBC, said the use of the phrase was an example of "casual racism".
A BBC spokeswoman said yesterday: "We've seen the story, the Mirror didn't approach us, clearly we'll establish the facts before commenting."