Bad news for Die Hard director John McTiernan. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the director has been sentenced to one year in prison for lying to the FBI during its investigation of the wiretapping scandal surrounding former LA private investigator Anthony Pellicano. This sentence comes after the Supreme Court denied McTiernan's request to reverse his guilty plea and suppress a recording of him discussing Pellicano's use of an illegal wiretap.
McTiernan had hired Pellicano in 2002 to investigate producer Chuck Roven, with whom he was working on the remake of Rollerball with. Pellicano is already in prison, serving a 15-year sentence for wiretapping, harassment, identity theft, and racketeering.
Now that the Supreme Court has denied McTiernan's appeal, he should be headed to incarceration soon - but another lawyer points out that there's a small chance this could be delayed as there's still a motion which could reduce or get rid of the sentence altogether on the grounds that there may be no substantial proof that Pellicano ever wiretapped Roven in the first place. This is a stretch, though, as McTiernan's sentence is for lying to the FBI, which he did.
Should McTiernan's incarceration go on as sentenced, he will serve a year in prison before being released under supervision for three years. He will also have to pay a fine of $100,000.
[via The Hollywood Reporter]