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Die Hard director jailed

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The director of Die Hard, John McTiernan, has been jailed for four months in Los Angeles after lying to the FBI.

McTiernan admitted misleading federal agents over his involvement with a private investigator charged with setting up illegal wires to spy on Hollywood celebrities.

It emerged he had hired Anthony Pellicano to bug Charles Roven – the producer of his 2000 film Rollerball – but subsequently told the FBI he only paid the investigator to help gather evidence for his divorce.

Pellicano was charged with 100 counts of tapping phones and bribing police: he has already served more than two years in jail.

McTiernan, who also directed the Thomas Crown Affair, was ordered to pay $100,000 and given two years’ supervised probation.

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