Back in July we discovered Top Gear new frontman Chris Evans stepped down from his position over poor ratings and stating on Twitter: “Stepping down from Top Gear. Gave it my best shot but sometimes that’s not enough. The team are beyond brilliant, I wish them all the best.” Very shortly after, a report suggested that he had instead stepped down because of a pending sexual assault investigation that happened decades ago. According to the Telegraph:
The announcement comes after police confirmed this morning that they are investigating allegations of sexual assault, after the presenter was accused of grabbing the breasts of a female colleague in the 1990s.
In a statement released this morning, the Met confirmed that a woman had made an allegation of “non-recent sexual assault” to officers on May 23, six days before Evans’s newly-revamped Top Gear returned to the BBC.
Police said the allegation related to “incidents in Tower Hamlets in the 1990s”.
On Thursday the Metropolitan Police leading the investigation has stated there’s “insufficient evidence” to formally charge the 50 year old ex-Top Gear host and will be taking no further action. According to The Sun:
Now friends have told Sunday People that he is determined to move on.
“This whole period has been a nightmare – and a complete witch hunt against Chris,” says an insider.
“He’s glad it’s all over, and he’s determined not to let it hang over him in the future. There are so many things he’s passionate about which could have been hampered if things had hung over him further.
“Fortunately, these allegations have been dealt with very quickly and he’s delighted to be moving forwards.”