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Michael Schumacher movie review

Two men arrested for alleged blackmail of Schumacher family

Michael Schumacher movie review

Bild newspaper report that German police have arrested two men on allegations of blackmailing the family of seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher.

The two men from the German city of Wuppertal were arrested on Wednesday and had been seeking millions of euros from the Schumacher family, Bild reported today. Details of the extortion were not made available.

Public prosecutors in Wuppertal have opened an investigation into blackmail directed at a celebrity and arrests have been made in connection with the probe, said a spokesperson, without naming the celebrity.

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A spokesperson for Schumacher did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

In 2017, a court in Reutlingen handed a suspended sentence to a man who had sent an email that threatened Schumacher’s children unless he received 900,000 euros ($960,000).

Schumacher has not been seen in public since he suffered a serious brain injury in a skiing accident on a family holiday in the French Alps in December 2013. Schumi’s family maintain strict privacy about his condition, with access limited to those closest to him.