Michael Schumacher update after family awarded £170,239 compensation

A Michael Schumacher update has been issued after he was handed a six-figure sum following his family's court battle over a fake interview. The Formula One legend's family have been awarded £170,239 in compensation after they took a magazine to court over a fake interview they published with the F1 legend.

Die Aktuelle published an interview with Schumacher, though it transpired it had been created using AI. The image was accompanied by a headline claiming they had a "first interview" with the driving legend since his injury. The article claimed Schumacher could stand "by myself and even slowly walk a few steps".

It also insisted the stricken star's family are all "very sad" about his accident. There is no indication that any of the claims in Die Akutelle's controversial article are true. Another tagline claimed the article "sounds deceptively real", hinting at the use of AI.

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Editor Ann Hoffmann elected to run an AI-generated interview, claiming it to be with Schumacher - and she was promptly sacked. Schumacher's family launched a lawsuit against the Funke Mediangruppe publishers with Ubermedien, a legal media arbitrator ruling that the apologies issued by Hoffmann and Die Aktuelle did not go far enough and ordered that the Schumacher family were paid €200,000 in compensation. It is around £170,000 GBP.

Uber Medien reports the Munich Labour Court confirmed Die Aktuelle’s publisher Funke-Mediengruppe paid the compensation to Schumacher’s family. Schumacher raced in F1 between 1991 and 2006, then returned to the series for a three-year stent in 2010.

His son Mick competed in Formula 1 during 2021 and 2022 and now races for Alpine in the World Endurance Championship. He is also a reserve driver for Mercedes’ F1 team. In 2021, the Netflix documentary Schumacher provided a rare glimpse into the current life of the F1 icon.

His wife Corinna spoke candidly about the impact of the ordeal on the family, but stopped short of revealing any long-term prognosis. “Michael is here. Different, but he's here, and that gives us strength, I find” she said. “We're together.

"We live together at home. We do therapy. We do everything we can to make Michael better and to make sure he's comfortable. And to simply make him feel our family, our bond.”