Die Hard director jailed
- 25 September 2007
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.