Schumacher family wins legal battle over fake interview

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Former F1 racer Michael Schumacher’s family said on Thursday they won a legal battle against a pony magazine that published a fake AI interview with the 55-year-old.

The magazine The Current claimed in April 2023 that he had conducted an interview with the German motorsport legend – the first since he suffered a serious brain injury in 2013 during a skiing holiday in the French Alps.

However, the article, “Michael Schumacher: the first interview”, contained quotes generated by artificial intelligence.

A spokesperson for the Schumacher family confirmed to AFP on Thursday that the legal battle was “successful”, but did not want to comment further.

The German newspaper Bild reported on Thursday that the family was awarded compensation of €200 000 (almost R4 million), but the spokesperson for the family did not confirm this amount.

The publisher of the magazine earlier issued a public apology to Schumacher and his family. Anne Hoffmann, editor-in-chief of The Currentwas fired as a result of the article.

Germany’s press council condemned the interview, saying the “serious deception of readers is likely to damage the credibility of the media”.

Schumacher has not been seen in public since the accident. He is being cared for at the family’s home in Switzerland.

He won seven Formula One drivers’ championships before his retirement in 2012. The British racing driver Lewis Hamilton equaled this record.