Film director John McTiernan, 62, is headed to prison after an unsuccessful attempt to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his appeal of a 2006 conviction on lying to the FBI over a wiretapping attempt.
Known for directing such films as "Die Hard," "Predator," and "The Hunt for Red October," McTiernan is expected to be ordered to go to prison by a judge in the coming days.
McTiernan had hired celebrity private investigator Anthony Pellicano to wiretap Chuck Roven, a film producer who he had previously worked with on the movie "Rollerball." When accused by the FBI of committing the illegal act, McTiernan proceeded to lie on two occasions, denying he had ever hired Pellicano to wiretap Roven.
In 2006, McTiernan plead guilty after the FBI obtained a recording of the director speaking with Pellicano about the wiretapping. McTiernan then withdrew his guilty plea and apparently tried and failed to have the recording suppressed in court.
In 2010, McTiernan, plead guilty for a second time in order to give him the opportunity to appeal the conviction according to the BBC
. At the time of his second guilty plea, a district dourt judge fined him $100,000 and sentenced him to a year in prison for lying about the wiretapping to the FBI. McTiernan has since been free on bond.
On Monday, the Supreme Court rejected his appeal.
According to McTiernan's attorney, a motion to reduce or eliminate the sentence considering no evidence has yet been produced showing that Pellicano went ahead with the wiretapping remains before the judge.
McTiernan was convicted of lying to the FBI, not for wiretapping.
Pellicano is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence for racketeering, conspiracy, and wiretapping. He was convicted of 78 crimes at two separate trials in 2008 in connection to obtaining private records on a number of Hollywood celebrities including Sylvester Stallone.
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