PARIS, Feb 24 (Reuters) - French media giant Vivendi confirmed on Friday that some of its executives are being probed by Italian prosecutors, following a complaint by the top shareholder of Italian broadcaster Mediaset.
“The registration of Vivendi Executives by the Milan public prosecutor is the result of an unfounded and abusive lawsuit filed by the Berlusconis,” said the group in a statement, citing the former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s family, which controls Mediaset.
Vivendi did not provide the names of the executives that are being investigated.
In December Milan prosecutors opened a preliminary probe into Vivendi’s stake building in Mediaset after the broadcaster’s top shareholder Fininvest filed a complaint over the stake building by the French group in the Italian broadcaster.
“This does not in any way signify any accusation against any person,” Vivendi said in the statement.
Reporting by Mathieu Rosemain