The legendary Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher has become a victim of privacy invasion, with a close friend trying to sell illegal photos taken in his home. La Repubblica, the Italian newspaper, reported that the friend secretly filmed Schumacher and offered the footage to German media for a hefty sum of one million euros.
Friend's Attempt to Profit from Schumacher's Privacy
According to the report, the friend offered the footage to various media houses, with an unnamed source claiming that it was never actually seen and that the offer was made purely for millions of euros.
The man had taken several photos during a visit to Schumacher in 2016, but when his wife Corinna got wind of the situation, she promptly contacted the police and stopped the purchase and publication of the photos. Despite the fact that no media company is reportedly interested in buying the photos, Corinna Schumacher is still demanding an investigation into the matter.
In the Netflix documentary about Michael Schumacher, released last year, Corinna gave a glimpse into the life of the seven-time F1 champion and emphasized the importance of privacy for the family.
Corinna's Statement on Michael's Privacy
In the documentary, Corinna stated: “Michael is here.
Different, but he’s here, and that gives us strength, I find. We’re together. 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 feel our family, our bond." She added: “And no matter what, I will do everything I can.
We all will. We’re trying to carry on as family, the way Michael liked it and still does. And we are getting on with our lives. ‘Private is private’ 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”. Michael Schumacher has been recovering at his family home from the consequences of a skiing fall on December 29, 2013, after which he underwent several head surgeries and spent 254 days in intensive care in the hospital. Unfortunately, his health has not significantly improved since then.