‘Die Hard’ Director To Do Hard Time For Role In Pellicano Scandal After Top Court Denies Appeal

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‘Die Hard’ Director To Do Hard Time For Role In Pellicano Scandal After Top Court Denies Appeal
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‘Die Hard’ Director To Do Hard Time For Role In Pellicano Scandal After Top Court Denies Appeal

John McTiernan has run out of ways to get out of serving a year in prison for his role in the Anthony Pellicano wiretapping scandal. On Monday, the Supreme Court decided  it would not hear the Die Hard director’s appeal to reverse his guilty plea in the case. McTiernan was sentenced to 12 months behind bars in October 2010 after pleading guilty that summer to two counts of making false statements to the FBI in 2006 and one count of perjury for lying to a federal judge while trying to withdraw a guilty plea. McTiernan had played fast and loose with the truth with the bureau: He denied ever talking about wiretapping with Pellicano. However, the FBI had recordings of the Hollywood P.I. talking about McTiernan hiring him to wiretap producer Chuck Roven during the making of 2002′s Rollerball. Pellicano is currently serving 15 years in jail on racketeering charges.

In August of last year, McTiernan’s appeal on the conviction, and an additional $100,000 fine, was rejected by the 9th Circuit. The director was allowed to remain free while seeking a further appeal from the High Court. With that no longer an option, McTiernan will be reporting to a federal prison soon. And once he’s out, it ain’t over for McTiernan. He will remain under supervision for another three years. The director’s other film credits include the original PredatorThe Hunt For Red October and The Thomas Crown Affair remake. San Diego attorney Charles Sevilla represented McTiernan in his petition to the Supreme Court.

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