Jeremy Clarkson, host of the popular BBC2 show, has been accused of libel and malicious falsehood by the people behind the Tesla Roadster.

In the review the Tesla Roadsters is shown suffering several critical breakdowns during track driving, which the California based firm claim are faked.

A spokesman for Tesla said it ‘reluctantly’ took legal action after repeated attempts to contact the BBC, over the course of months, were ignored.

He said: “The breakdowns were staged and the statements are untrue, yet the programme’s lies are repeatedly and consistently re-broadcast to hundreds of millions of viewers worldwide on BBC television and web sites.

“Tesla simply wants Top Gear to stop rebroadcasting this malicious episode and to correct the record, but they’ve repeatedly ignored Tesla’s requests.”

However a spokeswoman for the BBC stood by the show which is also presented by Richard Hammond, James May and the Stig.

She said: “We can confirm we have received notification Tesla has issued proceedings against the BBC.

“The BBC stands by the programme and will be vigorously defending this claim.”

Luke Walsh

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