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Die Hard director gets a year in jail for wiretapping case

By Associated Press and Cineplex Staff on October 4, 2010


McTiernan attends the Academy's Science & Technology Council presents The Hunt For Red October screening on March 18, 2010. (Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

Die Hard director John McTiernan has been sentenced to one year in prison for lying during a wiretapping investigation of Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano.

A federal judge in Los Angeles also ordered a $100,000 fine for McTiernan, who will be allowed to post bond pending an appeal.

Defense attorneys had sought a three-year probation term after the 59-year-old McTiernan pleaded guilty in July to two counts of making false statements to the FBI. He also pleaded guilty to one count of perjury for lying to a federal judge while trying to withdraw a guilty plea.

Pellicano was convicted in 2008 of wiretapping film producer Charles Roven for McTiernan and of bugging the phones of celebrities and others to get information for clients. Pellicano was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison.

McTiernan was the main man behind action films of the late-'80s, early-'90s, with Predator, The Hunt for Red October, The 13th Warrior and The Thomas Crown Affair among his directorial efforts.

McTiernan is the 14th person charged in this case.

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