Die Hard Director McTiernan Sentenced to Jail

John McTiernan gets four months in connection to Anthony Pellicano.

by | September 24, 2007 | Comments

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that
John McTiernan
— director of Die Hard,
Predator, and
most recently, Basic
— has been sentenced to jail.  He’ll serve a four month sentence and pay a $100,000 fine for his connection to the case of the embroiled private eye, Anthony Pellicano.

McTiernan pleaded guilty last year to lying to the FBI. He had claimed to authorities that Pellicano was hired only during his divorce from
producer Donna Dubrow, when, in reality, McTiernan had also employed Pellicano
to wiretap producer
Charles Roven
.  Roven had previously worked with McTiernan on the

While McTiernan’s defense argues
that he was fatigued from a trip through Asia and was on medication for a sinus
infection while off his antidepressants, Judge Dale S. Fischer, who sentenced
McTiernan, says otherwise.  Fischer calls the claims "completely lacking in
" and that "[McTiernan] lived a privileged life and simply
wants to continue that."

Pellicano, who is preparing to go
to trial next year, is accused of bribing law enforcement and phone companies
for information on over 60 celebrities and for wiretapping several high-profile
Hollywood players, most notably

has until January 15, 2008 to turn himself in and begin his sentence.


San Francisco Chronicle