The director of Die Hard is going to jail

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10.04.10 16 Comments

With movies like Die Hard, Predator, and The Hunt for Red October on his resume, John McTiernan was once one of the hottest directors in town, a Brett Ratner before there was Brett Ratner.  Then, in a story as old as time, he tried to make a movie about a futuristic roller derby starring Chris Klein and LL Cool J.  HIS EMPIRE CRUMBLED!

John McTiernan has been handed a one-year sentence for committing perjury during the trial of P.I.-to-the-stars Anthony Pellicano [yes, his nickname is “The Pelican.” Duh.]
During the investigation into Pellicano’s nefarious dealings, it came to light that McTiernan hired him, paying $50,000 to wiretap “Rollerball” producer Charles Roven. McTiernan inititally lied to the FBI about his involvement. [ThePlaylist]

If this story sounds familiar, it’s because back in 2007 McTiernan was sentenced to four months for the same crime.  And then…

Fischer originally sentenced McTiernan in 2007 to 4 months in prison after denying his motion to withdraw his guilty plea. But the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco in 2008 said McTiernan should get a new hearing. So last year he was allowed to withdraw his guilty plea because his previous lawyer hadn’t told him he could have tried to suppress the incriminating recording as evidence. […]
His one-year federal prison term was handed down this morning at a sentencing hearing presided over by the same judge he lied to, U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer. Fischer also ordered McTiernan to pay a $100,000 fine and serve three years probation.

LAWYER:  The great news is that your appeal went through!  You’re getting a new trial!
MCTIERNAN:  That’s great!  Wait, what’s the bad news?
LAWYER:  They found you guilty again and sentenced you to three times as much jail time.
LAWYER: Yeah… you know, a ‘thank you’ would’ve been nice. By the way, you owe me eighty-six thousand dollars.

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