London (ANI): John McTiernan, director of the Die Hard films, has
been sentenced to one year in prison for perjury. McTiernan was
also involved in lying to officials in a wiretapping case involving
a former private investigator, who represented several Hollywood
McTiernan, 59, was also fined 100,000 dollars at the conclusion
of the long-running case which stemmed from him hiring convicted
private investigator Anthony Pellicano to wiretap a film producer
after they both worked on the 2002 film Rollerball. At first, he
lied to the FBI; then in 2006 he pleaded guilty and then asked to
withdraw his guilty plea saying he had received poor legal
"The defendant doesn't think the law applies to him, and the
court has no reason to believe he will not violate the law again
when it suits him," The Telegraph quoted US district judge Dale S.
Fischer as saying, before sentencing McTiernan.
"Mr McTiernan was forced to plead guilty to a crime most people
don't even know is a crime," defended Oliver Diaz, McTiernan's
lawyer. Records in this case show that nearly every one contacted
by this (FBI) agent denied knowledge of Pellicano's activities,
making statements similar to Mr. McTiernan's," he said.