Michael Schumacher health condition latest news: Secret trial about F1 legend's condition held in Germany

Michael Schumacher looks on during a news conference at the end of the official presentation of the new Ferrari Formula One race car 248 F1 at the Mugello racetrack in Scarperia, central Italy, Jan. 24, 2006. | Reuters/Tony Gentile

Seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher suffered from catastrophic head injuries in a skiing accident back in 2013. Since then, his family and his team have remained mum regarding his health condition and have constantly asked the public to respect the sports legend's privacy.

However, that has not stopped the public and media outlets from speculating about Schumacher's true health condition. Recently, the Schumacher family have taken German magazine Bunte to court following a publication of theirs which claimed that the 47-year-old F1 racer could walk again.

In fact, according to Express, during a recently held hearing in Hamburg, the public were excluded from listening to the statement of Tanka May, Bunte's deputy chief editor, at the trial.

"The public is excluded from the trial. It is about the health condition of the patient," Judge Simone Käfer said.

According to German media, a court spokesman revealed that the only question asked during May's interrogation was whether the deputy editor had complied with journalistic due diligence. The verdict on the case is expected to be issued this month.

Schumacher's agent Sabine Kehm previously condemned the Bunte article, saying: "Unfortunately we are forced by a recent press report to clarify that the assertion that Michael could move again is not true. Such speculation is irresponsible, because given the seriousness of his injuries, his privacy is very important. Unfortunately, they also give false hopes to many involved people."

Schumacher's former manager, Willi Weber, has also recently spoken about the champion racer's condition. In January, he claimed that the F1 legend's family are not sharing the entire truth regarding his health. According to a report from the Daily Star, Weber has also revealed that he has been shut out by the Schumacher family and his new management team.

"There seems to be a fear that I would reveal something about Michael's condition," Weber said. "But I would never do that. I would sign any clause of secrecy," he added.

"I pray for Michael," he said, adding, "Hope dies last."