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Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher awarded damages over fake 'interview'

A German magazine ran an article purporting to be an interview with Schumacher in April 2023.

Michael Schumacher
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Michael Schumacher's family has been awarded €200,000 in compensation after suing a German magazine for a fake interview.

In April 2023, Die Aktuelle published an interview it claimed was with Schumacher, nearly 10 years on from the skiing accident for which he was placed in a medically-induced coma. He has not been seen in public since. 

Updates on the seven-time world champion's health have been closely guarded by his family, with little information known about his condition. 

However, editor Ann Hoffmann elected to run an AI-generated interview, claiming it to be with Schumacher - who 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. 

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