‘Die Hard’ Director John McTiernan Headed For Prison
Director John McTiernan received a one year prison sentence recently, for making a false statement to the FBI. He was also asked to pay a fine. He is basically being punished for making a false statement to the FBI during its investigations into Anthony Pellicano. John was handed the sentence in 2010 and was even told to pay a fine of $100,000 for the wire-tapping scandal, but he had requested to the courts that his guilty plea be reversed.
The courts though, recently ruled against him, which has led to his conviction. Basically, John had hired detective Anthony Pellicano to investigate producer Chuck Roven, and there is evidence that he discussed with Pellicano about an illegal wiretap. In 2002, when the illegal wiretap was used, McTiernan was working on the remake of Rollerball, which Roven was producing. John’s attorney though feels that there might be further delays in the case, as there hasn’t been any proof found that Pellicano actually wiretapped Roven.
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In fact, there might be enough grounds for John’s sentence to be eliminated due to lack of evidence. The issue is that McTiernan is guilty of lying to the FBI, which irrespective of whether the wiretapping took place or not, might be considered an offense by the judge. His defense hopes that the judge will see that only happened because he was falsely accused. It doesn’t seem like the judge has too much sympathy for John’s appeals, although his attorney is hoping there might be new discovery and evidence hearings and even appeals, which might eventually help John’s cause.
About seven years ago, when John was questioned about this whole issue he had claimed that he was barely involved with Pellicano, but when the recording of his conversation with Pellicano came out in the open and thanks to the recording it was revealed that John had hired Pellicano, the director was left with no other option but to plead guilty. Although later in court he tried to suppress the evidence that had proved his link to Pellicano. His efforts though were futile, as the judge hearing the case rejected his appeal to suppress the evidence. Now the director-producer — whose helming credits also include Predator, Last Action Hero and Basic; again must appear before the judge, who is expected to order him to report for incarceration.
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