'Die Hard' director John McTiernan headed to prison

die-hard-director-john-mctiernan.jpgJohn McTiernan, director of action films "Die Hard" and "The Hunt for Red October," has lost his bid for the U.S. Supreme Court to review his one-year prison sentence for perjury and lying to the FBI. This could clear the way for McTiernan to begin serving his prison term in a wiretapping case, reports Reuters.

Prosecutors accused McTiernan of lying about having hired former private detective Anthony Pellicano in order to wiretape film producer Chuck Roven. McTiernan initially pleaded guilty after the FBI obtained a recording of the two men discussing the wiretap, but later withdrew his guilty plea.

After a second indictment, McTiernan entered a conditional guilty plea allowing him to appeal but his appeal has been rejected by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and will not be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, which means McTiernan is expected to start serving his prison sentence.

Pellicano is already serving a prison sentence of 15 years for racketeering, conspiracy and wiretapping.

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