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September 24, 2007

"Die Hard" Director Sentenced to 4 Months in Prison for Lying to FBI

I kinda missed all this. Director John McTiernan (Predator, Die Hard, The Hunt for Red October and The Thomas Crown Affair ) sentenced to 4 months and a $100,000 fine for lying to FBI investigators about his association with private-eye Anthony Pellicano.

McTiernan said the only time he used Pellicano's services was during his divorce, however investigators learned he had hired him to wiretap producer Charles Roven, who worked with him on Rollerball.

Authorities say Pellicano is the ringleader of a scheme that was used to get dirt on clients in legal disputes. He is alleged to have illegally wiretapped Sylvester Stallone and others in the industry, and collected information from law enforcement on more than 60 others, including comedians Garry Shandling and Kevin Nealon, through government databases. He is scheduled to go on trial next year.

McTiernan claimed he was exhausted from a trip to Asia, and was taking medication for a sinus infection when he spoke with FBI agents. The judge's response?

"I find these arguments completely lacking in credibility," she said.

Missed it by that much.


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posted by Dave In Texas at 06:10 PM

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