‘Die Hard’ Director Going to Jail for Role in Wiretapping Scandal

The man who helped bring the “Die Hard” franchise to life might not be able to see the fifth installment in the action franchise when it opens next month.

John McTiernan, the veteran Hollywood director who shot the first film featuring Bruce Willis as grizzled cop John McClane, is heading to jail for his role in the Anthony Pellicano wiretapping scandal.

On Monday, the Supreme Court decided that it would not hear the Die Hard director’s appeal to reverse his guilty plea in the case. McTiernan was sentenced to 12 months behind bars in October 2010 after pleading guilty that July to two counts of making false statements to the FBI in 2006 and one count of perjury for lying to a federal judge while trying to withdraw a guilty plea….

In August of last year, McTiernan’s appeal on the conviction and an additional $100,000 fine, was rejected by the 9th Circuit. The director was allowed to remain free while seeking a further appeal from the High Court.

McTiernan’s other screen credits include “Predator,” “The Thomas Crown Affair” and “The Hunt for Red October.”


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