Cape Town - The
first image of Michael Schumacher since his 2013 skiing accident, which
was taken without consent, is reportedly being offered to European
media outlets for £1 million.
An investigation has been launched into how the photo was taken in
Schumacher’s home in Geneva, Switzerland without any authorisation.
According to the Daily Express, the media house has refused
to name their source while being questioned and as a result, the
investigation has been put on hold.
The image, which was covertly taken by Schumacher’s bedside, has not
been made available to the media house or the prosecutors in Offenburg,
In a statement, the prosecutor’s office told RTL “an unknown person”
had offered a “secret” image of Schumacher to media publications for
“high amounts of money”.
Schumacher suffered severe head injuries after a skiing accident in
Meribel, France on December 29, 2013 and has been cared for in his home
in Switzerland since September 2014.
The condition of the 47-year-old remains a closely guarded secret as
he continues to recover from the accident, which occurred nearly three
“Michael’s health is not a public issue so we will not comment on it,
just because we need to protect the privacy of Michael as much as
possible,” Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm said. “We are aware that
this is difficult to understand for some people, but we are in perfect
agreement with Michael’s attitude and we can only give our thanks for
Schumacher’s family are also setting up the “Keep Fighting” campaign
to show their gratitude to fans for their continued support for the
seven-time F1 champion.
“We want to encourage others to never give up, the initiative is
another sign of respect and thanks to Michael’s fans,” Schumacher’s wife