Corporate empire builder enjoyed $25 million severance.
The court handed him a suspended ten month sentence and a Euros 50,000 ($70,000) fine on charges relating to his Euros 18.5 million ($26 million) Vivendi severance pay. It reverses an earlier ruling and clears him of charges of providing financial misinformation relating to the 2000-2002 period at Vivendi.
Previously he had been given a suspended three year jail sentence.
Messier took control of French utility company General des Eaux and turned it into a media empire through the 2000 acquisitions of Canal Plus and the then Universal-owner Seagram.