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Messier, Bronfman told to stand trial in Vivendi case

</head> <body> <p>PARIS (Reuters) - Former Vivendi boss Jean-Marie Messier and the head of Warner Music Group Edgar Bronfman Jr have been told to stand trial on various charges of financial wrong doing, according to a court document obtained by Reuters.</p> <p>The charges include divulging misleading information, stock price manipulation and misuse of corporate funds. The decision was made earlier this month by investigating magistrate Jean-Marie d'Huy.</p> <p>The case dates back to Messier's spell at the helm of the French media group at the start of the decade. Under his tenure, Vivendi embarked on an acquisition spree but ended up racking up massive debts and started to report losses.</p> <p>Messier now runs merger advisory firm Messier Partners.</p> <p>Lawyers for both Messier and Bronfman Jr, who used to serve on Vivendi's board, said their clients denied the charges.</p> <p>"He himself believes that there are no charges to bring against him," said lawyer Olivier Metzner, representing Messier.</p> <p>"We are just now reviewing the court filing, but as we've said all along Mr. Bronfman's transactions have at all times been proper and at no time did he contravene any French laws or regulations," said Bronfman's lawyer Thierry Marembert.</p> <p>Other former leading Vivendi executives also will have to stand trial at the main court in Paris.</p> <p>(Reporting by Thierry Leveque and Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Richard Chang and Carol Bishopric)</p> </body> </html> </div><!-- end article-body --> </div><!-- end aticle-body-wrapper --> <aside> <ul class="social-share-btns clearfix"> <li><g:plusone size="medium" href="http://wtaq.com/news/articles/2009/oct/22/messier-bronfman-told-to-stand-trial-in-vivendi-ca/"></g:plusone></li> <li><div id="fb-root"></div><script src="http://connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#appId=112315878855956&xfbml=1"></script><fb:like href="http://wtaq.com/news/articles/2009/oct/22/messier-bronfman-told-to-stand-trial-in-vivendi-ca/" action="recommend" send="true" layout="button_count" width="150" show_faces="false" font=""></fb:like></li> <li><a href="http://twitter.com/share" class="twitter-share-button" data-url="http://wtaq.com/news/articles/2009/oct/22/messier-bronfman-told-to-stand-trial-in-vivendi-ca/" data-text="Messier, Bronfman told to stand trial in Vivendi case" data-count="horizontal">Tweet</a><script type="text/javascript" src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></li> </ul><!-- end social-share-btns --> </aside> </div><!-- end article-container --> <section class="clearfix text-ad-container"><div class="text-ad"></div><div class="text-ad"></div><div class="text-ad"></div></section> <div id='taboola-below-main-column'></div> <script type="text/javascript"> window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({mode:'thumbs-2r', container:'taboola-below-main-column', placement:'below-main-column'}); </script> <div id='taboola-text-2-columns'></div> <script type="text/javascript"> window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({mode:'text-links-5r', container:'taboola-text-2-columns', placement:'text-2-columns'}); </script> <script> window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({flush:true}); </script> <section class="comment-container"> <h1 class="h2 visuallyhidden">Comments</h1> <a href="/news/articles/2009/oct/22/messier-bronfman-told-to-stand-trial-in-vivendi-ca/#disqus_thread"></a> <div id="disqus_thread" class="section-widget"></div> <script type="text/javascript"> var disqus_shortname = 'wtaq'; var disqus_title = 'Messier, Bronfman told to stand trial in Vivendi case'; var disqus_url = 'http://wtaq.com/news/articles/2009/oct/22/messier-bronfman-told-to-stand-trial-in-vivendi-ca/'; (function() { var dsq = document.createElement('script'); dsq.type = 'text/javascript'; dsq.async = true; dsq.src = 'http://' + disqus_shortname + '.disqus.com/embed.js'; (document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0] || document.getElementsByTagName('body')[0]).appendChild(dsq); })(); </script> </section><!-- end comment-container --> </article> </div><!-- end of col-1 --> <div id="col-2"> <form class="section-search-form clearfix" method="get" action="/search/"> <fieldset class="clearfix"> <input class="section-search" type="text" rel="Search News" name="q" placeholder="Search News" /> <input class="section-search-submit" type="image" alt="Search" src="http://static.mwcradio.com/images/icons/section-search.gif" /> </fieldset> </form> <div class="ad-300x250"></div> <aside class="aside-module top-stories"> <h1>Top Stories</h1> <ul class="unstyled-list single-col-list"> <li><a href="/news/articles/2014/jul/21/fighting-erupts-in-ukraine-as-crash-investigators-arrive/" title="Full Article: Train with MH17 bodies on final journey reaches Ukraine base">Train with MH17 bodies on final journey reaches ...</a></li> <li><a href="/news/articles/2014/jul/21/federal-judge-tosses-sen-ron-johnsons-obamacare-suit/" title="Full Article: Federal judge tosses Sen. 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