An actress is suing Bbc bosses after alleging controversial Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson made a racist remark while presenting the hit motoring show.

Somi De Souza has taken on a team of lawyers and launched legal action following a scene in the programme earlier this month (Mar14) when Clarkson allegedly used the word 'slope', a U.S. slang word for Asians.

Indian-born De Souza alleges by broadcasting the remark, the Bbc is guilty of unlawful discrimination.

The comment from Clarkson came during a segment in a Top Gear: Burma Special programme when the show's three presenters travelled to Southeast Asia to drive across the country in trucks.

After building a bridge over the River Kwai, Clarkson was shown telling his co-hosts, "That is a proud moment, but there's a slope on it," as a man heads across the walkway.

De Souza's lawyers are demanding an apology and an assurance that Top Gear will be taken off air following the incident.

In her complaint, De Souza, who has enjoyed a role in U.K. Tv drama The Bill, writes, "I find it offensive that Jeremy Clarkson refers to people of different races in pejorative terms. What is that saying to children who watch him? - that it's Ok to bully and make racist comments. Jeremy Clarkson has (bullied) an Asian person. It has to stop."

Bbc bosses are yet to respond to the complaint.