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Irish Mirror
Oisin Doherty

Michael Schumacher's family planning legal action after controversial fake AI interview stunt

Michael Schumacher's family are planning to take legal action after a German magazine published a fake interview with the former Formula One star that was generated by artificial intelligence.

A spokesperson for the Schumacher family confirmed to the Reuters news agency that they were looking to take legal action.

Die Aktuelle, the magazine in question, ran a picture of a smiling Schumacher on the front cover of their latest edition along with the headline "Michael Schumacher, the first interview."

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The blurb underneath the headline reads, "it sounded deceptively real," as these supposed quotes were generated using artificial intelligence software.

The seven-time F1 World Champion hasn't been seen in public since suffering life changing injuries in a skiing accident nine years ago.

While skiing in the French Alps, Schumacher hit his head on a rock. The incident split the racing legend's helmet open and left Schumacher with blood clots on his brain.

After spending some time in a coma, Schumacher returned to his home in Switzerland in September 2014 and has been receiving round-the-clock care ever since.

Since the accident, the Schumacher family have kept Michael's condition private and very little information regarding his health has been made available to the public.

"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," his wife Corinna Schumacher revealed in a 2021 Netflix documentary.

"We're trying to carry on as a family, the way Michael liked it and still does. And we are getting on with our lives.

"'Private is private', as he always said. It's very important to me that he can continue to enjoy his private life as much as possible. Michael always protected us, and now we are protecting Michael."


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