TV presenter who volunteered to be a crash test dummy wins £1.6m from the BBC

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A TV presenter who volunteered to be a crash test dummy has won a £1.6million payout from the BBC after a judge left her with brain damage caused by a stunt.

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Gem Stansfield, 50, tied up in a car and agreed to move to a fake lamppost to mimic the effects of a crash.

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50-year-old Jem Stansfield tied up in a car and agreed to move to a fake lamppostcredit: universal news and sport
TV presenter Jem Stansfield claimed that the impact caused whiplash, brain damage, psychological scars and dizziness.

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TV presenter Jem Stansfield claimed that the impact caused whiplash, brain damage, psychological scars and dizziness.credits: PA

In 2014, he was shown jerking his head back and forth in a collision on the BBC One science show Bang Goes the Theory.

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The aeronautics engineer claimed that the impact caused whiplash, brain damage, psychological scars and dizziness.

He approached the High Court of London seeking compensation of £3.7 million, saying that Smash had robbed him of earnings like Top Gear stars such as Jeremy Clarkson.

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In her ruling yesterday, Mrs Justice Yip provided the reduced amount after lawyers for the BBC argued for an exemption due to Mr Stansfield’s “contributory negligence”.

In a written ruling she said: “I must say that I find it surprising that anyone thought this practice was a sensible idea.

“The impact of the injuries has been to derail the contender’s successful career in television.”

Mr Stansfield will receive £1,617,286.20 from the taxpayer-funded BBC.

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