‘Die Hard’ director John McTiernan going to prison after Supreme Court denies appeal

By Daniel S Levine,

Director John McTiernan will have to serve a one-year prison sentence after the highest court in the land, the Supreme Court, denied his appeal. He was sentenced to a year in prison and to pay a fine for his part in the scandal surrounding Anthony Pellicano, a Hollywood private detective who illegally wiretapped.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, McTiernan had pleaded guilty in late 2010 to lying to the FBI about hiring Pellicano during its investigation into Pellicano’s activities. Pellicano is currently behind bars. He had hired Pellicano to investigate producer Chuck Roven, who was working on his 2002 film Rollerball at the time.

McTiernan’s appeal to the Supreme Court was denied Monday, after the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected him this past summer. He wanted a recording of him and Pellicano discussing Roven to be suppressed, but that request was also denied.

Reuters notes that McTiernan had first pleaded guilty in 2006 when the tape was discovered. But, he then withdrew the plea after hiring a new legal team. He then re-filed the guilty plea after the tape could not be suppressed.

McTiernan is due back in court before U.S. District Court Judge Dale Fischer soon. He is expected to order him to go to jail, but that could be months away, THR’s legal sources say.

In addition to the first Die Hard, McTiernan also directed The Hunt for Red October, Predator and Die Hard: With A Vengeance.

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