Probe after image of Schumacher offered to media

Michael Schumacher (Getty Images)
Michael Schumacher (Getty Images)

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, Germany.

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 years ago.

“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 showing understanding.”

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 Corinna said.

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