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.
Gem Stansfield, 50, tied up in a car and agreed to move to a fake lamppost to mimic the effects of a crash.
In 2014, he was shown jerking his head back and forth in a collision on the BBC One science show Bang Goes the Theory.
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.
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.